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Can you tell me if there are alternative treatments for skin cancer?

Can you tell me if there are alternative treatments for skin cancer?

Skin Cancer: The primary treatment for most types of skin cancer is surgical removal by wide local excision. Moh's micrographic surgery may be used in certain circumstances for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. Melanoma may require very aggressive surgery. Non-surgical treatment of skin cancer has lower cure rates and is reserved for patients too elderly or unhealthy to undergo surgery. ...Read more

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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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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 any alternative treatments for brain cancer?

Are there any alternative treatments for brain cancer?

Not really: Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the mainstays of treatment for brain cancer. These have the longest track record of success. There are clinical trials that are investigating the role of vaccines for brain cancers. There are also many trials investigating more targeted agents than "standard" chemotherapy. I am unaware of any nontraditional treatments that are as effective. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for breast cancer instead of radiation?

Are there any alternative treatments for breast cancer instead of radiation?

Yes: In cases where a lumpectomy was done the alternative is to have a mastectomy. But if many nodes or a large tumor is found even with mastectomy the chestwall will needs radiation. Also women older than 70 with good features and positive receptors can have lumpectomy and hormones and can omit radiation. ...Read more

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What are the alternative treatments for adrenal gland cancer?

What are the alternative treatments for adrenal gland cancer?

Adrenal Cancer: Surgery to remove the adrenal gland (adrenalectomy) is often used to treat adrenocortical carcinoma. Sometimes the nearby lymph nodes are also removed. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and newer treatments - biological therapy- are available. ...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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Could alternative cancer treatments enhance a patient's chances of survival?

Could alternative cancer treatments enhance a patient's chances of survival?

Perhaps: Most alternative therapies have not been subjected to the same rigorous scientific studies that traditional therapies have; therefore, it is hard, if not impossible, to define their benefit. In a perfect world, alternative rx would complement traditional therapy, not replace it. I would never choose an unproven therapy over a tried-and-true one. ...Read more

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For alternative cancer treatments- how to tell if they work?

For alternative cancer treatments- how to tell if they work?

Usually they don't: Visit cancer.Org for further guidance http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/index?Sssourcesiteid=null.

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