8 doctors weighed in:
Are there any alternative treatments for lung cancer?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Michael Thompson
"Alternative" treatments still are in the same universe as us and other cancer drugs and operate by the same physics and pharmacology. Such substances MAY have strong pre-clinical rationale for use and then should be tested (like any cancer drug) in clinical trials. Shark cartilage was tested at MD Anderson Cancer Ctr and was found to be ineffective.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not really
Nothing clinically proven to treat lung cancer .
.. But a lot of research in this topic ...

In brief: Not really
Nothing clinically proven to treat lung cancer .
.. But a lot of research in this topic ...
Dr. Eric Toloza
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Crystal Twynham
Board Certified, Surgery
29 years in practice
938K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors