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Has anyone ever used any alternative treatments for cancer?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 4 Paciente
    No...my treatments were conventional such as chemo, surgery & radiation. I do think it's a good idea to combine the two. Certain alternative treatments can assist with side effects from treatment. I've heard of women doing acupuncture to relieve nausea, etc from chemo. Yoga is great for relaxation. I know it's a personal choice. I had to go with proven methods of treatment. Here is a great link that shows how you can combine the two. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cancer-treatment/CM00002 I was stage 3C and now I'm happy to say that my last scan showed no cancer. Best wishes Tamara in whatever path you choose. :)
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2007
    I agree with Diana. The combo of the two would be great. I rarely make absolute statements but I would, in this case, absolutely, not rely on alternative treatment as your only route to treat breast cancer. It is too serious of a disease to mess about with unconventional therapies. The sooner you start treatment, the better for a successful outcome. I would, however, recommend supportive alternate therapies in conjunction with conventional. You may read some anectdotal stories but I would not risk my life on putting my eggs in that basket. I am about to hit the 5 year mark cancer free and living a wonderful life. Good luck to you and please let us know how you are doing. Take care, Sharon
    over 7 years Flag
    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anónimo
      Stage 4 Paciente

      You are so right Sharon. Cancer is not something to mess with. And time is of the essence. I've read too many instances of people trying alternative treatments alone first and the cancer grows in that time period losing valuable time. And we both...

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      You are so right Sharon. Cancer is not something to mess with. And time is of the essence. I've read too many instances of people trying alternative treatments alone first and the cancer grows in that time period losing valuable time. And we both know what can be the result. I think using alternative treatment to compliment conventional treatment is great. It reminds me of something Vickie Gerard said in her book "There's No Place Like Hope". When looking at "alternative treatments" ask yourself one question: "Am I running to a particular alternative treatment because I believe it works, or am I running away from conventional treatment because I'm so frightened of it"? Be honest with your answer - your life may depend on it.

      over 7 years Flag
    • gima green Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      I had partial mastectomy right breast, two lymph nodes removed but they were good. The cancer I had was 1.5 cm, grade 2, stage 2. The Onco score was 23. no Chemo recommended but radiation is plus hormone treatment. I was thinking about natural...

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      I had partial mastectomy right breast, two lymph nodes removed but they were good. The cancer I had was 1.5 cm, grade 2, stage 2. The Onco score was 23. no Chemo recommended but radiation is plus hormone treatment. I was thinking about natural hormone treatment instead of Tomoxifin

      over 3 years Flag
  • shen cruces Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 3A Paciente
    I am using complimentary treatments which means they are used along with the conventional. I go to a acupuncturist/Chinese medicine doctor who is also an MD. He has given me some insight as to my unhealthy habits while my oncologist didn't even look at my diet as a way to help me through chemo. What my goal of using acupuncture and chinese herbs is to help me recover and tolerate the surgery and chemo not to fight the cancer. I have changed parts of my diet and exercise routine after seeing my acupuncturist. Although I know a few people who didnt change anything and are 10 year survivors. It all depends an what you are willing to do and what feels right to you. I also started seeing a massage therapist to help me get my range of motion back after a mastectomy axillary lymph node dissection. This is not at a "massage parlor" and make sure they are nationally certified. I found this to be my guilty pleasure and I feel amazing for a few days after. Yoga and meditation are also complimentary. Whatever you do DO the research as many herbs and supplement inhibit chemo from working while others can enhance the effectiveness. There are studies done but not by pharma companies usually by university medical centers. Complimentary medicine is not done instead of conventional ... But it has help me mentally and physically be ready for all the side effects of conventional medicine. Best of luck to you... We all have our own journeys.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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