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Are There Any 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Additional info: Also let me add additional alternatives if pre-menopausal 1) bilateral oophorectomy (surgical or radiation) 2) chemical oophorectomy (goserelin or gnrh agonist). If this were chosen your oncologist might recommend aromatase inhibitor therapy, although this is a controversial topic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Most breast cancers are first treated with surgery. After breast-conserving surgery, radiation is necessary. Not all breast cancers need treatment with chemotherapy. If a breast cancer is estrogen sensitive, it can often be treated with an oral medication that blocks estrogen instead of chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: In some cases hormonal treatment can be as effective as chemotherapy. However if there is benefit from chemotherapy then it would be in addition to hormonal therapy. You should ask what percent benefit chemotherapy would give your circumstance and then decide if it's worth it to you to not accept that benefit. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Naturopathic=natural: I do agree with the previous doctors answers; but i would like a bit of input.While, conventional proven treatment--should be given to a patient by an expert in the field of breast cancer, after the traditional treatments are given many times the patient is left alone-no real post chemo-post rads-post surgery protocal is rx--.Too bad!good nutrition, exercise, yoga, emotional support etc. Big help. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Is there any proof that radiation from mammograms can cause breast cancer? Is there any legitimate alternative to screen for breast cancer?
MammogramsSAVELives: The radiation exposure of a digital mammogram is 3.7mgy. This is associated with a lifetime-attributable risk of breast cancer of 1.3 cases per 100, 000. Mammography is a safe, proven technique for finding cancers well before they are palpable and there is no controversy about its use after age 50. Thermograms are 25% as sensitive as mammograms and not suitable for screening. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Plenty of Rx: But only total removal works. Panc resides in a critical area, if ca invades important vessels removal unlikely. Potential to remove improved with chemo and radiorx. If vessels not freed, stomach and liver secretions need to be bypassed to attain relief. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any immunotherapy treatments to treat testicular cancer? It seems like chemo and radiation are the only options mentioned online.
Prostate CAtreatment: There are many treatments for prostate ca. Curative treatments range from surgery, seed implant, imrt, along with image guided radiation. Non curative treatments include "hormone" treatment or observation. Sometimes the hormone shots are added to the other treatments if the pts factors are more advanced. Treatment options are many and must be customized per patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more
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