“Alternative” therapies are products or treatments that are used instead of conventional medical treatments such as chemotherapy and hormone-blocking therapies.
It’s important to understand that alternative therapies have not been scientifically proven, and there is no credible evidence that they are effective in treating breast cancer.
Some alternative therapies are, however, marketed as being a "cure" for cancer. They are often very expensive. For example, an alternative therapy might be the suggestion of following a special diet instead of following conventional therapy.
The use of evidence-based, best practice treatments (i.e. cancer treatments and symptom relief that have been scientifically tested and are safe and effective) is recommended for the management of breast cancer.
Should I use an alternative therapy?
Using an alternative therapy instead of conventional breast cancer treatment is a personal choice. However, it is best to discuss any alternative therapies with your doctor and family.
If you don’t feel comfortable raising this with your treating doctor, you may prefer to talk to another member of your treating team.
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*This article does not provide medical advice and is intended for informational purposes only.
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