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Alternative Therapies as Primary Treatments for Cancer 

Alternative Therapies as Primary Treatments for Cancer
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Alternative Therapies as Primary Treatments for Cancer
Author(s):

Stephen M. Sagar

and Christina M. Garchinski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0026
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date: 13 October 2019

Chapter 26 discusses alternative therapies as primary treatments for cancer, and covers how alternative therapies are typically promoted as viable treatment options, that is, alternatives to so-called mainstream therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, and how alternative therapies are unproved, rarely based on credible scientific rationale, and potentially harmful. It also addresses how some alternative therapies are based on traditional systems and may be primary therapies for cancer in developing countries, although their efficacy when used alone is highly debatable. Lastly, it covers how complementary medicine needs to be distinguished from alternative medicine and that patients should be specifically questioned about alternative therapies as part of their initial intake assessment.

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