Complementary and alternative therapies are those that people use in addition to or instead of traditional medical care. Out of about 3, cancer patients who responded to questions about cancer and complementary therapy use through the National Health Interview Survey, just over 1, reported using one or more of these therapies during the prior year, the research letter says. Of these, about a third said they did not tell their doctors that they were using alternative therapies. And some complementary therapies — like herbal supplements , which were taken by more than a third of the people using alternative methods — are not well-regulated and may interact poorly with conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, doctors warn. High levels of antioxidants can interfere with radiation, for example, and herbal supplements can become dangerous when mixed with certain prescription drugs.
Alternative Treatments for Breast Cancer: What Works?
Back to Cancer. Researchers found that people who chose alternative medicine instead of conventional cancer treatments were much less likely to survive for at least five years. Conventional treatments included surgery, radiotherapy , chemotherapy or hormone treatments. The research only applies to people who choose not to have conventional treatments. The difference was biggest for breast cancer, where people who chose alternative therapies were more than five times as likely to die within five years as those who chose conventional treatments. However, treatment choice seems the most likely explanation.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Treatment Options for Breast Cancer
Marion M. Lee, Scarlett S. Lin, Margaret R.
For centuries, herbs and plants have been used for medicinal purposes and as food as well. This review concerns about different types of plants that retain the immune stimulating and anti-tumor properties. Large variety of active phytochemicals such as carotenoids, flavonoids, ligands, polyphenolics, terpenoids, sulfides, lignans and plant sterols has been identified in different types of herbs.