• Did anyone go the holistic medicine route for your treatment? If so, what were the pros and cons?

    Asked by cancervivor on Saturday, December 29, 2012

    Did anyone go the holistic medicine route for your treatment? If so, what were the pros and cons?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No, because pros zero, cons death.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Holistic medicine follower...Steve Jobs, need I say more?

      However, if you want to supplement treatment with a diet of some sort, it shouldn't hurt. Beware of supplements, as they can harm you/ make chemo less effective. For example, one of the chemo agents I was on would change pharmacology (either be more potent or less potent) with grapefruit (actually grapefruit interferes with a lot of medications, so stay away).

      Not related to cancer, but interfering with a regimen - a cousin was on meds for his high blood pressure. He supplemented with herbal remedies, which made his treatment less effective. Consequence he had a stroke - he's thankfully alive, but has lost a lot of function.

      Each of our paths is unique, but so far only oncologists have been shown to effectively put cancers in remission. Believe me, I would have dearly loved to have kept my breasts, and not submitted to chemo. The solutions are scary, but living longer is surely worth it. Best of luck and Happy New Year.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Furthermore, Hodgkins is one of the most curable forms of cancer. Be grateful for small mercies.

      almost 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have never been one for the "alternative" approach. Someone is always giving me a website to look at to order some special herb that will prevent cancer. I just don't go along with it. If you need something to believe in, and that does it for you, OK, but for me, I'll stick to my Drs at Vanderbilt. I believe in them.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Cancervivor, there are many opinions on holistic and naturopathic remedies and although the FDA rarely backs them, that is usually because they cannot patent nature and make a profit off of them. Holistic and naturopathic remedies are useful as a complimentary treatment to enhance the traditional methods. They are not meant to be used as a monotherapy. In Eastern Europe, they are a staple in the fight against cancer and are used along with chemo to enhance the chemo by extending its duration or strength and as immune boosters to repair the damage from toxic therapies. There is no hard data on their effectiveness as a monotherapy and that is because the FDA, as well as the CODEX Alimentarius (Europe's version of the FDA) cannot trial anything without a patent owner, and most of these are therapies that have a patent held by Mother Nature. There is no financial gain to that testing. If you wish to know more you should ask your oncologist to recommend a naturopathic doctor who will work with your oncologist to compliment your treatments. This type of treatment is not for everyone as you can see, but whether or not it is beneficial can only be deduced by the user. Best of luck, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I used some essential oils and Craniosacral release therapy in conjunction with my chemo. All MD approved so as not to interfere with chemo. I found the complementary therapy helpful for relaxation, and to get rid of chemo after a few days. Helped greatly with lymphedema too.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      I Have not looked into holistic medicine for my husbands cancer. Honestly we are so pleased with the medical team treating him we have not felt the need to look into it.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      I fear holistic treatments for "serious" issues. I was going to a chinese "doctor" here just before being diagnosed. One of those oriental guys that claim they discover everything about your health. He said I should NOT go to a mastologist (believe?) because it was nothing. Fortunately I didn't hear the crazy chinese.

      Two friends told me that I should start doing Body Talk sessions, but I was so XXX off with the chinese guy that now I just believe my oncologist and my meds.

      almost 4 years ago

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