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What Alternative Treatments Exist For Patients With Gastrinoma
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Help: Schedule appointment with your local csb & they can make referral. ...Read more
Danger: Treating lupus with complementary medicine would have to be done by someone who is very familiar with lupus, not just complementary medicine as certain "healthy" supplements such as echinacea can worsen lupus. Also, delay in traditional medical treatment can be deadly in lupus kidney or brain disease. Try stress reduction, smoking cessation, a healthy diet, routine exercise, and avoidance of sun. ...Read more
Alternative?: By that do you mean, choices other than what she is on now, or alternative medicine such as acupuncture? If the first, it depends on whether she has type 1 or 2. Type 1 has to take insulin, but there are various ways to take it. If type 2, there are several drugs available. If you meant the second, then, no. Diet, exercise, weight maintenance - those are essential. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many diff. Options: Thats a very broad question. If its type 2 diabetes then typically patients start with pills. There are a variety of pills out there. There are hormonal injections. Finally there are various types on insulin with differing properties. We choose which medications to use based on the severity of diabetes and other factors such as the patients weight, goals, health and cost of the medications. ...Read more
Can you suggest any alternative methods to treating hodgkin's lymphoma patients who respond negatively to avbd treatment?
Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin) / Nivolumab: There are several classes of drugs that offer good options for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma who have not responded to ABVD. The standard of care in a younger patient is intensive salvage chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Other options would include Brentuximab or a PD1 inhibitor such as Nivolumab or Pembrolizumab. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: Naturopaths having nothing to offer the polymyositic patient. They will administer ineffective potions while the disease eats away at muscles. Polymyositis requires strong, clinical proven medication and you should not be seeing a non-medical person for this serious disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Talk to your doctor : Psychotherapy, medication, electro convulsive therapy (ECT), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), vagal nerve stimulation (VNS), light therapy, diet, exercise, herbal therapy (St. Johns Wort), music therapy, group therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, CBT, psychoanalysis, and others ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: There are many effective treatments for depression that do not involve medications of any kind. Several well-established forms of talk therapy have proven at least as effective as mediations, if not more so. If you'e looking for a magic pill that isn't a medicine, then that's tougher. Health food stores have such products, but they are largely untested & may be neither safer nor as effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am diagnosed with Trigonitis and offered surgery as treatment. Are thete other options for treatment? which is best? Thanks
Yes: There are many causes for trigonitis. Surgery rarely treats any of them. Sometimes a surgery called cystoscopy is needed to look at the trigone and bladder to help determine the cause. Diet (avoiding caffeine and tomatoes,and carbonation), avoiding nicotine, and getting plenty of fluid intake are all helpful in controlling trigonitis. ...Read more
Compliance is key: The first step is to make sure you are truly following a gluten-free diet. Gluten can hide in substances like beer and some pills. Consult with a dietician to make sure. If this is still a problem, consult with a gastroenterologist to perform other tests to make sure there's no other inflammatory process going on or other causes. There's a medicine called "budesonide" they may try. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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