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Alternative treatment alone is not best for cancer treatment


Cancer cure rates have increased dramatically over the years with the use of orthodox treatments. Alternative treatments alone have proven not to be best for cancer treatment.

It has been reported by Yale University that there are lower survival rates when only alternative medicine is used for treatment of cancer. Researchers who are from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale School of Medicine and Yale Research Center say that there is an increased risk of death in patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for cancers which are curable instead of conventional cancer treatment.

There has been an increase in interest by patients and their families in using alternative medicine instead of conventional medicine for the treatment of cancer. The study’s senior author, Dr. James B. Yu, who is an associate professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale Cancer Center, says concerns developed when many patients presented with advanced cancers which were treated with just ineffective and unproven alternative therapies.


It was discovered by the researchers that cancer patients who were given alternative medicine instead of chemotherapy, surgery, and/or radiation had a greater risk of death. These finding are true for patients with lung, colorectal, and breast cancer. It has been concluded that patients were more likely to die if they chose treatment with only alternative medicine. Increased scrutiny of the use of alternative medicine in the initial treatment phases of cancer has been encouraged.

This study has been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. There has not been a great deal known about the utilization and efficacy of alternative medicine for the treatment of cancer. Researchers have now determined that using alternative medicine to treat cancer which is curable without any conventional cancer therapy is associated with an increased risk for death.

These findings do not imply that natural interventions can not help with the prevention of cancer and sometimes as an adjunct for treatment of cancer. Certainly avoiding smoking cigarettes and exposure to other carcinogenic toxins is advisable. Also a healthy lifestyle which consists of regular exercise and a nutritious diet with many fruits and vegetables is recommended.

Dr Harold Mandel