• What are your feelings/beliefs towards unconventional treatment or alternative treatment for cancer?

    Asked by cyberwings on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    What are your feelings/beliefs towards unconventional treatment or alternative treatment for cancer?

    I just finished watching Hannah's Anecdote, a personal documentary of her journey with aggressive brain tumor.
    What a brave person Hannah is to document her journey.
    Bravo to Dr. Burzynski and his team! Hannah has recovered. She was treated with antineoplastons, curious if anybody else here has sought treatment other than the conventional methods?

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    • po18guy's Avatar

      If you have no reason to live, do not fear death and have a healthy bank account, then go ahead and try alternative therapy. My father did in 1979 and died anyway. All of the methods used by alternative therapy sellers are well known. If they actually worked, there would be thousands of others offering the same or similar treatment. There would be billions of dollars invested in alternative research. For almost 40 years, none if this has occurred. There is anecdotal evidence of almost every conceivable type of therapy working. There are documented cases of spontaneous remissions. In extremely rare cases, alternative therapy might just work. There is much more evidence that it does not. Are you willing to bet your life on it?

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My belief is that if unconventional and alternative treatments cured cancer, they would become conventional and primary treatments. Since they are still labeled unconventional and alternative, they are more akin to snake oil.

      almost 6 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      A lot of it is really bogus. So you have to be careful if you go that way. There are people both inside and outside of standard conventional medicine who are in it just for the money. Unscrupulous vultures may prey on your fears at your most vulnerable and desperate time. There may be many pieces of gold jewelry in a landfill, but be prepared to put your waders and gloves on. There are also people who have good intentions, however they fall short when it comes to producing something that works.

      I have criteria for using Integrative or Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

      1. Make sure it's backed up by some kind of science, and experience. Just because it's not part of the mainstream doesn't mean it's not effective, but it also does not mean that it can't have science behind it to evaluate its effectiveness. I see people every day who recommend something as a surefire cure, and there are faith healers who fill stadiums with people who leave poorer and just as sick as they were when they walked in. I don't want to hear about it unless there's hard evidence that is verifiable and repeatable. I agree with what the National Cancer Institute writes, "It is important that the same scientific evaluation that is used to assess conventional approaches be used to evaluate CAM therapies" http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/cam

      2. If you want to try something, it should be discussed with a doctor. If you're undergoing treatments, anything you do could interfere with what they're doing and cause more problems.

      3. Avoid sensational and unrealistic claims that come with a hefty price tag. "Cure all cancer, just buy my vitamins."

      4. Live by the same Hippocratic oath-- first, do no harm.

      5. Don't abandon standard care altogether if you're still aiming at positive results, in order to fly to an island for cure promises, mud baths and coffee enemas.

      I would do fecal facial masks, Ensure enemas, and inject my eyeballs with heroin if I really thought and had evidence it would help my dad. We have included integrated medicine that has some science behind it, that was okayed by the oncologist, and that does not change our realistic long-term expectations. People on this website use things like ginger to deal with nausea, and it works really well for them. Every day somewhere in the world, there are effective old time methods used to control diarrhea. There are all kinds of good ideas to integrate into someone's care.

      If it makes rational sense, the doctor okays it for your body, it's not absurd, and it does no harm, I will go for it any day. So far, I have not seen anything to get excited about when it comes to a cure for stage IV pancreatic cancer. And we're not prepared to turn dad into a guinea pig while sorting through the landfill.


      Some of the best medicine could be the changes in perspective and personal philosophy that can occur when you experience a life-threatening illness. Both mainstream and alternative methods fail miserably in the end for every human being. While it's nice to be able to take your boat where you want to go by working the sails as much as you can, in the bigger picture, we are all feathers in the wind, on a really weird ride.

      almost 6 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      One observation on the video: In the comments section, there are no critics, no questions, no complaints, no skepticism, and heaps of praise. That seems most unusual for YT, and for a controversial topic.

      almost 6 years ago
    • sassynancy's Avatar
      sassynancy (Best Answer!)

      I am a believer of alternative health options and eating organics and my herbs and spices. I am also a believer in regular medicine and treatment when it is necessary to save your life. The good option with alternatives is they are really cheap compared to regular medical medicine and treatments. They will probably not print this as I am for alternatives and they can't make millions off that. Not like they can regular medicine. I too had lung cancer, twice, and took conventiona treatment along with alternatives. which one put me in remission? Who knows and who cares, I did it and so can you. My prayers and good wishes go out to you. You can beat this too.

      almost 6 years ago

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