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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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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 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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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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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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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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What are alternative or complementary treatments of pancreatic cancer?

What are alternative or complementary treatments of pancreatic cancer?

Many possibilities: Unfortunately, conventional therapy has poor success. Alternative therapies are controversial but are worth considering- see www.Cancertutor.Com for an overview. For pancreatic cancer specifically, oncologist nicholas gonzales offers a promising if controversial approach: www.Dr-gonzalez.Com a recent study on homeopathic psorinum had incredible results: www.Hindawi.Com/journals/ecam/2011/724743. ...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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Should i be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?

Be concerned: Stage 4 lung cancer has an overall poor prognosis. The therapy associated with any positive effects would be chemotherapy and/or radiation. While a cure can occur, it is a rare event with stage 4. Alternative therapies can be explored, but realize that most don't claim to cure. If you look at the advertizements closely, they will treat but never claim to cure. Standard therapy- 15% overall cure. ...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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What's your opinion on graviola as an alternative cancer treatment?

What's your opinion on graviola as an alternative cancer treatment?

Not Effective: Graviola or soursop is a fruit grown in rain forests in s.America, africa & se asia. The fruit contains substances known as annonaceous acetogenins which may be able to kill certain cancer cells in a test tube (according to a perdue u study). No studies in humans have been done so there's no evidence that it can work to kill cancer in your body. It can also cause parkinson's like symptoms. ...Read more

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Why are people even allowed to promote alternative cancer cure when none have proved to work?People might take these and refuse normal treatment & die

Why are people even allowed to promote alternative cancer cure when none have proved to work?People might take these and refuse normal treatment & die

Write to your: elected representatives. In the name of choice, freedom of religion, capitalism, other such excuses people promote treatments without rigorous proof. It is not different from other shady advertising. The current topic of scams is stem cell therapy. It would be prudent to consult an MD for your health issues. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Do you know of really alternative forms of treatment for cancer?

Do you know of really alternative forms of treatment for cancer?

Depends: Most oncologists consider legitimate therapies those that are safe, effective & published in high quality peer reviewed journals. There are many therapies that may be effective as complimentary therapies (not used 'in place of' a conventional treatment. ) this is practiced by providers of integrative oncology. www.integrativeoncology-essentials.com. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some alternatives to cancer treatment centers of america?

Could you tell me what are some alternatives to cancer treatment centers of america?

Second opinion: Cancer treatment is serious. If you have questions or feel uncomfortable with recent advise, it is okay and important to seek a second opinion. Often the second opinion will clarify the advice of the first team. Ask your local doc for a referral. ...Read more

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What is a cancer alternative treatment?

What is a cancer alternative treatment?

Integrative oncology: Most oncologists consider legitimate therapies those that are safe, effective & published in high quality peer reviewed journals. There are many therapies that may be effective as complimentary therapies (not used 'in place of' a conventional treatment. ) this is practiced by providers of integrative oncology. www.integrativeoncology-essentials.com. ...Read more