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Doctor insights on: Alternative Cancer Treatments That Work

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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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Will any holistic cancer therapies actually work?

Will any holistic cancer therapies actually work?

Holistic = whole: "holistic therapy" means treating the whole person. It is not the same as substituting herbal or other nutritional supplements for allopathic medicine. The best cancer treatments address the needs of the entire person, and involve collaboration between multiple trained health professionals: medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, nursing staff, psychiatrists/therapists, etc. ...Read more

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Could alternative treatment for cancer work?

Could alternative treatment for cancer work?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that alternative therapies on their own will cure cancer. There is no evidence that any of these therapies can actaully cure cancer. However, i'm a firm believer that alternative therapies can be complimentary and have many beneficial effects. Please talk with your oncologist about therapies you may be pursuing so they will know there are no potential conflicts with other treat. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

None: Surgery is the only method of achieving cure for gallbladder cancer. When not discovered incidentally during routine gallbladder surgery, gallbladder cancer usually presents in advanced stages. Therefore even with surgery, chances of total cure are low. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, though used, have not proven to be very successful in treating this disease. ...Read more

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What are some alternative methods for treating cancer related radiation burns?

What are some alternative methods for treating cancer related radiation burns?

Conservative: Radiation for cancer, especially before selective therapy to the tumor minimizing injury was introduced, produced severe side effects at times. Gamma knife and Cyberknife have reduced the complications of radiation burns and radiation dermatitis These are treated with topical steroids and emollient creams. Skin washing with a mild, unscented soap can also be employed. ...Read more

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What are some alternative therapies that actually work?

What are some alternative therapies that actually work?

Acupuncture: There are many. However, i will speak about acupuncture since that is what I have expertise in. It has been around for over 5, 000 years (far longer than western medicine). It is still the predominant type of medicine practiced in many areas (along with herbology). Thus it is not "alternative" in many parts of the world. As a physician, it allows me to be a healer. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative cures for vitiligo that actually work?

Are there any alternative cures for vitiligo that actually work?

Vitiligo: So-called "alternative cures" are of no value in the treatment of vitiligo. ...Read more

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Are there really effective, alternative forms of treatment for cancer?

Are there really effective, alternative forms of treatment for cancer?

Adjuncts only: "Complementary and alternative" remedies offered to desperate cancer patients range from cynical, vicious scams (these people talk about conspiracies to suppress cures) to very helpful measures that help promote comfort, dignity, good nutrition, physical fitness, and possibly have minor effects on the tumors. Find an ethical guide -- big medical centers often have a resident holist. ...Read more

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Are there effective naturopathic alternatives for radiation therapy?

Are there effective naturopathic alternatives for radiation therapy?

No: There is no other natural process that can cause the same effect of radiation to kill cancer cells. However, these methods can be complimentary to treating a patient. Its very important to have positive attitudes, exercise, eat well (nutrition and healthy food), spiritual belief, and monitor environmental exposures (don't smoke or drink). Regarding herbs and supplements check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could you suggest good herbal treatments for cancer that actually work?

Could you suggest good herbal treatments for cancer that actually work?

Derivatives, yes: Some medications commonly used in modern cancer treatment are derived from plants. Paclitaxol comes from pacific yew tree bark; vincristine is an alkaloid coming from the madagascar periwinkle. This isn't the same as taking the plants for treatment by themselves though. These medicines have been taken through extensive studies, & shown to be effective in cancer. Not so with the herbs alone. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for proctitis?

Are there good alternative therapies for proctitis?

Depends but yes: Initially after the diagnosis of proctitis is made, a specialist must determine the extent of the inflammation and the underlying cause, be it idiopathic or related to inflammatory bowel disease or some other cause. This step is necessary in order to determine the appropriate treatment in the short term as well as the long term. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?

Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?

No proven benefit: The big 3 are surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. Alternative options in trials include photodynamic therapy, cancer vaccines for example. Commonly used alternative treatments such as homeopathy, chinese or indian herbal medicines, mexican meds, shark cartilage, etc do not have any proven benefit. Sometimes, alternative drugs actually interfere with regular meds and can cause problems. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments for mouth cancer besides surgery?

Are there alternative treatments for mouth cancer besides surgery?

Yes: Surgery is the best treatment for early stages of mouth cancer. More advanced cancers may be treated with radiationl, or a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Are there any traditional indian alternatives to radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Are there any traditional indian alternatives to radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Careful: Most but not all breast cancers need radiation therapy. Please be careful of claims made by alternative treatments for cancer and ask for independent well controlled studies that demonstrate benefit. At this time alternative treatments are of a supportive role to more conventional therapies. I personally know of women whose cancer got worse while they tried alternative methods. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

Chemotherapy: Other than surgery medication including chemotherapy can be used, depending on the histology and aggressiveness of the tumor. ...Read more

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Are there effective natural treatments for cancer?

Are there effective natural treatments for cancer?

Not really: Using excellent, balanced nutrition, grapeseed extract, and these types of homeopathic remedies certainly to not harm, but they do not cure cancer. Treatments for cancer are complex and involve several health care specialists. You can always supplement their treatments with herbal remedies, but do not use them exclusively ever. ...Read more

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Doctors are looking to integrate more natural remedies into their treatment regimens. So is alternative medicine the cure?

Doctors are looking to integrate more natural remedies into their treatment regimens. So is alternative medicine the cure?

Discuss with your MD: Western medicine offers many wonderful treatments, many that are derived from extensive research of the active component of a 'natural' cure e.g. Aspirin from a compound in the bark of the willow tree. Therefore, it is very important to discuss use of alternative medicines & any supplements with your md because there are many potential interactions as well as side effects. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for melanoma?

What are some alternative treatments for melanoma?

Adjuncts only: If you ignore surgery for melanoma, you will pay for your mistake with your life. If you are interested in vitamins, botanicals and so forth, remember these are only adjuncts. I am not sure I would accept some of therapies for advanced disease that give only a small survival advantage, but I would not pay a conspiracy or natural-medicine talker for telling me untruths. Be savvy. ...Read more

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