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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Cancer

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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

What are common proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?

Alternative to what?: Chemotherapy is the administration of a drug that circulates throughout the body and kills cancer cells. Our goal is to choose the most effective drug tailored to one's specific cancer subtype. If by "alternative" you mean alternative to proven, standard therapy...No. However, many of our "standard" drugs are well-tolerated w/o traditional side-effects like hair loss, nausea, etc. ...Read more

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Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

Any alternative treatments for galactosemia?

No!: Galactosemia cannot be cured. But, you can take steps to prevent or minimize galactosemia symptoms and complications. The treatment is the strict avoidance of all sources of galactose. The most common source is lactose, which is the milk sugar that breaks down to galactose and glucose. Avoid: milk or milk by-products, fermented soy products, legumes, organ meats, & hydrolyzed protein. ...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 are some alternative treatments for evista (raloxifene)?

What are some alternative treatments for evista (raloxifene)?

Bisphosphonates: Evista is primarily given to combat/prevent osteoporosis. Alternative medications are bisphosphonates such as fosamax, actonel, boniva. Reclast (zoledronic acid) is an injectable. Evista also has a breast cancer chemo prevention indication with the alternative being tamoxifen. Aroma taste inhibitors are being studied as further alternatives. ...Read more

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What alternatives to surgery exist for breast cancer treatment?

What alternatives to surgery exist for breast cancer treatment?

Rdiation and Chemo: Surgery is usually the first step in treating breast cancer because it removes the bulk of the tumor and examining the tumor allows for planning the safest and most effective therapy to control or eliminate any tumor left behind. Alternative therapies using prayer, herbs, diet, etc. May work on rare occasions but are unlikely to be effective for most people. ...Read more

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Treatments for bladder cancer?

Treatments for bladder cancer?

Mostly surgery. : Most bladder cancers are superficial or early and urologist remove them through a cystoscope. If covers a wide area and not invaded the bladder muscle they can add local immunotherapy with bcg. If there is invasion partial bladder or full bladder surgery is needed. In those too ill for surgery then we consider radiation and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Are there any alternatives to chemotherapy treatment for metastic colon cancer?

Yes: While chemo like FOLFOX is transiently effective, more immunotherapeutic agents are showing good responses. Avastin (bevacizumab) a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor and Erbitux effecting epidermal growth factor 1 are working well as is the newer Neo-102 against the immunogenic protein. Chemo in conjuction with the biologics (immunochemo) is the best combo. ...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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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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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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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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Are there good alternative therapies for menopause?

Are there good alternative therapies for menopause?

Yes: Alternative to hormones? Soy products have been shown to help with some of the symptoms of menopause. Anti-depressants and Clonidine can help. Prevention of bone loss includes adequate calcium, vitamin d and weight bearing exercises. Compounded estriol creams can help with dryness. Really depends on what symptoms you are trying to treat. ...Read more

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