Alternative Cancer Treatment-Questions You Should Ask

by Marilyn Bennett - Date: 2007-02-06 - Word Count: 401 Share This!

Many cancer patients often have questions about the safe use of alternative cancer treatments. It should be noted that alternative treatments as well as complimentary therapies are frequently used. Both these treatments are now much more main stream than they were once portrayed to be. Even given those facts, however, if you are considering an alternative cancer treatment there are some facts you should be aware of. First, in almost all cases, alternative cancer treatments are used in conjunction with standard treatments options such as chemotherapy. Relying solely on other cancer therapies can prove to be dangerous.

When these treatments are chosen carefully and used in combination with traditional treatments, they have shown to improve the quality of life, however. One of the most common reasons for selecting alternative cancer treatments is in fact the relief of side effects common with standard treatment options. Interrupting your standard treatment plan to use only alternative treatments can result in serious and dangerous risks. This is primarily due to the fact that doing so allows more time for the cancer to grow and spread. While there may be a strong inclination to not inform your doctor of your decision to utilize alternative cancer treatments, it is important that you do so. Your physician may be able to help you understand which choices would compliment your current treatment plan the best. Furthermore, it is important to take several steps to be sure you are choosing the right treatment for you when considering alternative cancer therapies. The first step is to educate yourself as much as possible. Take the time to be sure the information you gather is provided by credible, reputable and reliable sources.

Consider the claims that are made for the treatments you consider. Does the treatment claim to cure cancer or relieve symptoms and side effects? How much does the treatment cost? Is the alternative treatment widely available or does it have only limited access? Does the treatment claim to contain secret ingredients? Is it readily available from numerous sources or only one? As previously mentioned, make sure you discuss your thoughts with your physician. If it helps, bring along a supportive friend or family member to help you discuss the matter with your doctor.

Taking the time to educate yourself about any alternative cancer treatment is the first step to ensuring you are in control regarding the decisions related to your overall health and well-being.

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