• Alternative Therapy

    Asked by Carilis on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Alternative Therapy

    Where can I get alternative treatments or therapies? Thank you for your ideas or suggestions.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      If you are willing to trust the used car salesmen of the alternative world, you are free to do so. Their "treatments" will vry likely cost you your life and life savings, as they did my dad. I know of no one "cured" by alternative therapies. And, I know of no one who was actually confirmed to have cancer in the first place.

      huge risk but the risk is yours for the taking.

      3 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Do you want alternative, not complementary?

      I agree with @po18guy that trusting your life to alternative, not complementary, treatments could be asking for the death sentence.

      Of course, I know nothing about your situation, your disease, the stage, or anything else. There are exceptions to every rule. I imagine Dr. Google has a lot of hype about alternative "life-saving" (and money-grabbing) treatments. (Once you get on their email lists, I have found it is a lifelong commitment. I have never been able to get off of a single one, no matter how many ways I try.)

      If you are interested in complementary medicine, ask at your doctor's office or look for a holistic doctor.

      Here's a link to a NIH study on herbal remedies and breast cancer. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4881189/

      I did a search "natural treatments for breast cancer" which yielded all sorts of Web sites you can look at. Buyer beware and good luck.

      3 months ago
    • Julia52's Avatar
      Julia52

      Read this:
      https://www.mycancerstory.rocks

      3 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      I totally agree with po18guy and LiveWithCancer---you apparently don't mind throwing the dice on your life. Cancer is deadly, and it's too serious to not take advantage of what the modern medical field offers you.

      If you have a problem with money, there is lots of financial help. Just ask us about that. Best wishes.

      3 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I decided to explore alternative therapies after my treatment to avoid recurrence. I had locally advanced, agressive Er/Pr positive breast cancer. It cost me a lot of out of pocket money and I was prescribed several supplements that are absolutely not for someone with hormone positive cancer. I now eat a plant-based diet, limit alcohol consumption, take supplements I know are okay for me to take, reduce stress, exercise, etc. I do take CBD oil which is legal in my state but take it mainly for pain.

      As far as cancerstoryrocks... While they are starting to look into dog dewormer drugs to treat some cancers, I certainly wouldn’t do that in place of standard treatment. As far as the most famous guy who beat cancer, his cancer was taken out surgically. I applaud that this caused him to have a healthier lifestyle, but I think he should not be railing against standard treatment all the while profitting from his message. I don’t begrudge the making of money but I do think it’s reprehensible to advise cancer patients against standard of care.

      3 months ago
    • Julia52's Avatar
      Julia52

      I guess our reading comprehension is different. He says most people do his treatment concurrently with radiation and or chemo. Not all but most. All the products can be purchased online so not sure where you think he is making money. Read it and make your own decision but maybe you need to reread it.

      3 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      Julie52 I wasn’t talking about the man from the link you provided. Actually that was interesting and he seemed like a very selfless, helpful person. If you read my post, I was referring to Chris Beat Cancer. He definitely preaches not doing chemo and he definitely is profitizing his message.
      It wasn’t very nice to comment on my reading comprehension. I understand you thought I was referring to the person in your link. I should have just said Chris Beat Cancer instead of assuming everyone knew who the “famous guy who beat cancer” is.

      3 months ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      "Chris" had a different kind of cancer (colon), which subtype may have been less aggressive than most. It's easier to achieve a long-term remission with those types of cancer.

      But beware of anything that says "The Truth About..." If it were the actual truth, mainstream industry (including the prescription & OTC pharma sector) would find a way to monetize it. (Just because a "natural" substance allegedly can't be patented, ways to package and administer it certainly can. If not, we'd all be chowing down on willow bark for headaches instead of taking aspirin).

      If you have your heart set on exploring alternative treatments, I join the chorus of those urging you to go the "complementary" route--incorporating them into your conventional treatments. Seek references for "integrative medicine" oncologists who are MDs or DOs and whose facilities are fully accredited (by real medical boards, not phony groups invented by alterna-quacks). The top one in IL is Dr. Keith Block, who can probably steer you to a similar integrative-med oncologist in your state.

      But be forewarned: most integrative-med oncologists require their patients to rigidly adhere to strict dietary and lifestyle regimens that include both conventional and specific "alternative" supplements...many of which the doctors insist you buy from them.

      Everyone is out to make a buck--including those "natural" and "alternative" folks selling books & supplements, websites with pay-walls, charging admission for lectures, etc. Almost nobody is doing this strictly out of altruism (except perhaps retired doctors offering their services to the disadvantaged). But everyone has to make a living--whatever their occupation.

      3 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I have no problem with alternative providers making money. I do yoga, take supplements, get massage, accuncture, eat organic when possible, etc. All of this costs money I gladly spend for my health and wellness. What bothers me about Chris is that he’s advising people to forego standard of care medical treatments. I’m all for complementary/integrative treatments as long as they don’t effect the efficacy of traditional treatments. For example, there are supplements/treatments which reduce the efficacy of chemo treatments.

      It also bothers me when alternative practitioners use fear tactics, anecdotal info, and junk science to convince cancer patients to not do chemo or radiation. I have these feelings regardless of whether the person or organization is making money or not.

      3 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Our WhatNext friend, BarryBoomer (who recently died) was a follower of Chris and suggested him to everyone on our site. I'm not clear on exactly what Barry did, but he claimed he didn't do treatments when diagnosed. However, when hospitalized in approximately the last year for pain, he consented to normal treatments to help his pain. (I believe it was radiation.)

      3 months ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Supplements that reduce the efficacy of aromatase inhibitors include: valerian root, lavender, St. John's wort, grapefruit (fruit, juice or extract). Antioxidant supplements cancel out the benefits of chemo & radiation while (and for a few months after) you're doing chemo & radiation therapy. Memorial Sloan Kettering has a list of herbs that may interact with chemo or endocrine-therapy meds.

      3 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      ChicagoSandy Thank you for the info!

      3 months ago

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