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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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Dr. Mike Bowman
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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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Are there any effective herbal treatments for inflammatory carcinoma?

Are there any effective herbal treatments for inflammatory carcinoma?

NO, NO, HECK NO!: Inflammatory carcinoma of the breast is an aggressive malignancy that needs prompt attention. It is treated with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation plus or minus endocrine therapy and herceptin (trastuzumab). There is no herbal substitute. Whoever tells you that is ignorant, criminal, or both. ...Read more

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Are homeopathic treatments effective for psoriasis?

Are homeopathic treatments effective for psoriasis?

No.: With all due respect to the non-dermatologist who answered in the affirmative, there is no convincing scientific evidence that homeopathic treatments have any measurable effect on psoriasis, and no plausible theory that explains why they would. Sorry, but those are the facts. ...Read more

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Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

Are there effective alternative therapies for dermatomyositis?

Yes: Treatment typically begins with oral steroid however more potent immunosuppressants are often needed. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Please describe treatment options for metastatic melanoma?

Please describe treatment options for metastatic melanoma?

SOC vs. trial: I agree with dr. Ho about standard of care (soc) options vs. Clinical trial. One online way to evaluate clinical trials based on tumor biomarkers in melanoma is here: http://www.Collabrx.Com/melanoma. ...Read more

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Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

Alternative depressi: Traditional chinese medicine, indian remedies (ayurvedic med.), yoga, meditation, diet, exercise, etc. ...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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Tuborous sclerosis. Which insurance covers laser treatment for angiofibromas? Best treatments for angiofibromas? Laser treatment is ineffective.

Tuborous sclerosis. Which insurance covers laser treatment for angiofibromas? Best treatments for angiofibromas? Laser treatment is ineffective.

Angiofibromad: There are three main types of treatment for juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma: hormone therapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Hormone therapy involves the use of a drug called flutamide, which acts by blocking testosterone receptors. The activity of this drug is further evidence for a hormonal cause for the condition. Treatment with Flutamide can shrink tumors by more than 40 percent. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments for invasive carcinoma?

Are there any natural treatments for invasive carcinoma?

I do not believe so: Invasive cancer are best treated with surgery when they are localized. Radiotherapy can also help in local control. Some tumors require chemotherapy in addition to surgery. There are no natural simple treatments which have proven track record of controlling cancer. So be careful and avoid being mislead. ...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 effective alternative medicine treatments for accute leukemia?

Are there any effective alternative medicine treatments for accute leukemia?

No: Acute leukemia is a rapidly fatal disease if not treated promptly with chemotherapy. I know of no effective alternative treatment. ...Read more

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Are there safe alternative therapies for fabry disease?

Are there safe alternative therapies for fabry disease?

Enzyme Replacement: Enzyme replacement therapy can reduce lipid storage, ease pain, and improve organ function. ...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, non-invasive, Ayurvedic treatments for hydroceles?

Are there effective, non-invasive, Ayurvedic treatments for hydroceles?

Not really: There are many treatments for hydroceles but unfortunately the one with the highest success rate is surgery. ...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 effective alternative therapies for dental eruptions?

Are there effective alternative therapies for dental eruptions?

Avoiding dentures: This is an excellent question, and there are ways to prevent a need for dentures. But you have to start early with regular dental check-ups and some kind of Fluoride treatment in childhood. As you get older, take care of your gums with dental floss, toothpicks, or water-pik-like devices. Get problems treated promptly and avoid foods that harm teeth (carbonated beverages, high sugar content foods). ...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 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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Dr. Travis Kidner
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