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Alternative Medicine Cancer
No: Treatment for bladder cancer depends on the grade and stage of disease. Low grade, low stage disease is best treated with endoscopic resection of the tumor and close follow up to look for recurrence. There are medicines that can be placed in the bladder to prevent recurrence. In general, a diet rich in antioxidants, fresh fruit and vegetables is all a good way to remain healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...Read more
No, not really: Alternative medicines, if suggested by someone are not likely to be useful. Chemotherapy is the only choice for controlling advanced ovarian cancer. If there are concerns about side effects, they can be controlled and managed by your oncologist. So do not hesitate taking chemotherapy. It would do some and often much good for the patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tell us about Stage: Thyroid Cancer is very successfully treated with surgery. Medicines are rarely used for treating Thyroid Cancer. You need to tell us about the stage of your cancer and what treatment/s have you already used. Alternative medicines is a very broad term often used by folks who refuse to take standard/established, useful treatments. This can be a big mistake and is often a gamble, to be avoided. ...Read more
Do I understand?: You are asking about plants that have anti-cancer properties. The ones that actually help control / kill of the cancer (taxol, vinca) are now part of the mainstream pharmacoupia. I'm probably not the only person on healthtap that's optimistic about medical marijuana for the side-effects of chemotherapy and for palliation. The other botanicals aren't miracle cures. Be discerning & good luck. ...Read more
Complimentary med: Your cancer cannot be treated by alternative medicine. Unless the tumour is removed and all routes of metastasis are removed. Herbs and plants can provide palliative therapy. But they are not toxic enough to treat a tumour. Otherwise they will kill good tissue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Although herbal and homepathic medicine may help with some of the symptoms of the disease and the treatment, there is no evidence to support a herbal cure for lung cancer. The standard of care therapy for best chance of cure for stage i and ii lung cancer is surgery, with a role for chemotherapy for stages ii-iv and radiation for stage iii and possibly IV (as standard of care). See www.Cancer.Gov. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've had a papillary carcinoma, or a type of thyroid cancer does anyone know any diet or alternative medicine for this?
What alternative can be used instead of tamoxiphen , ? Is that alternative med also cause uterus thickening. And cancer ?
Change diet,herbs ;: There is no single natural alternative to tamoxifen but changes in diet, lifestyle and certain herbs may help you achieve the benefits of tamoxifen without the risks. See http://elynjacobs.Wordpress.Com/2012/01/15/natural-alternatives-to-tamoxifen/ for a well-written detailed discussion. ...Read more
Focusing on: Comfort measures (palliation) now moves to the front of the line even during curative treatment: anti-emetics, pain control. The most daunting is fatigue, and no vitamins do not help. But palliative involvement as full team member helps futile use of 'anti-cancer' thrusts when there are little chances of benefit. Some also well need to define appetite measure and use of canabinoids. ...Read more
Clinical trials: There are plenty of people who are willing to sell "alternative" (i.e. Unproven and untested treatments) for many diseases including cancer. If standard therapy (i.e. The therapy with the best evidence for effectiveness) is ineffective it is best to try to get into a clinical trial where promising therapies are tried under supervision to help advance the state of care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably Not: There are different kinds of "brain cancers" or tumors - some are more dangerous than others. I would take the diagnosis of any brain tumor very serious and talk with specialists for more information. I am not aware of any successful alternative treatments or medication for brain tumors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually: Since most aspects of complementary and alternative medicine have never been put to clinical trials, they are mostly ineffective. But the placebo effect is generally safe, so although you might be wasting your money, the only harm is the avoidance of getting an actual real diagnosis and proper treatment from a real doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
CAM: Complementary and alternative medicine ("cam") is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that usually aren't considered a part of conventional medicine. "complementary" treatments might be used in conjunction with conventional ones; "alternative" treatments would be used instead of conventional ones. For a lot more info, see: http://nccam.Nih.Gov/. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Most certainly: More than 40% of adults say they use complementary and alternative medicine. More and more doctors are embracing these therapies too. The mayo clinic and the national center for complementary and alternative medicine are funding scientific research at this moment, and much work has already been done which verifies the efficacy of a natural medicine approach in specific conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whole Person: Holistic (and integrative) medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies (including. "alternative" & "complementary" medicine = those not usually taught in conventional med schools. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alternative medicine: Complementary and alternative medicine (cam) approach is to holisitically treat the patient using lifestyle, alternative therapies, nutrition, as well as supplements and or herbs. The emphasis is on bringing balance rather than just treating a problem. Combining this with traditional medicine can lead to longer lasting and more effective outcomes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Drugs are regulated by the fda and require proof of efficacy and safety. Remedies used by naturopaths and similar providers have not been tested for either efficacy or safety and in fact are totally not subject to any federal oversight unless they are found to be dangerous in clinical use. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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