Alternative Medicine and Cancer: Why Don't Oncologists Get On Board?
"Doctor, do you believe in alternative medicine to treat cancer?" As a medical oncologist, this is a question I am frequently asked by cancer patients.
I totally understand why someone affected by cancer asks this question. The main reasons seem to be:
A desire to do "all that they can" to fight cancer successfully.
A desire to prevent the side effects ("protect the healthy cells") caused by cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation.
To support the immune system during cancer treatment.
The belief that non-prescription herbs, supplements and vitamins are natural and, therefore, without the potential to cause harm.
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