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Do Alternative Therapies Decrease a Cancer Patient’s Survival Chances?


Here at LFCT we post about various methods of fighting cancer, as we believe in putting all relevant information out there for the patient (or the patient’s parents) as we believe that it is up to them to decide the way forward.

We neither recommend nor discourage the use of alternative/complementary treatments, although we DO urge everyone to discuss their possible use BEFORE embarking on any other treatment regimen…

A recent study of 1,290 patients in the US found that Cancer patients who use alternative therapies are be more likely to shun conventional treatments and risk their chances of survival.

People who received such therapies often refused life-saving care such as chemotherapy or surgery and fewer survived five years after starting treatment compared to those on standard care. Experts urged patients not to ditch proven cancer medicines.

Researchers said the use of alternative therapies, which include certain diets, minerals and vitamin infusions, was growing in the US but there was limited research on how effective they are. Their study looked at 258 patients who had used these therapies with at least one standard treatment, compared to 1,032 who only received conventional care.

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