The breast cancer was curable. The oncologist suggested chemo, radiation and surgery. The patient, 28, chose an alternative route — trips to Mexico for coffee enemas and vitamin infusions. About two years after her diagnosis, the cancer was in her liver and no longer curable. But it was treatable — with chemotherapy. This time, the patient agreed.
Complementary and Alternative Methods and Cancer
Are There Alternatives to Chemo? - Breast Cancer Center - Everyday Health
We respect your privacy. Stage I breast cancer is a highly curable disease. Many thousands of women have chosen to be treated for this type of breast cancer in clinical trials, and the results of those trials have helped determine the treatments with the highest chance of a cure. Treatment for stage I breast cancer essentially involves two elements: "local" therapy to remove the tumor and prevent it from growing back in the breast, and "systemic" therapy, to decrease the chances that the cancer will recur in distant locations such as metastases to bone or the liver. Choices for local therapy are either lumpectomy to remove the tumor mass followed by radiation sometimes called breast-conserving surgery, or BCS or mastectomy. Most women with stage I breast cancer can have BCS. The potential for curing the breast cancer is the same whether you undergo BCS or mastectomy.
Alternative reality: Patients who spurn chemo for natural remedies
With many patients and physicians taking a closer look at the negative effects of both treatments — some of which are believed to be worse than cancer itself — alternatives to chemo and radiation are becoming more and more mainstream, making fighting cancer without chemotherapy possible for some. We share eight alternatives that are considered effective in treating cancer without the help of chemotherapy and radiation. There are a few different types of immunotherapy treatments — and others currently being studied — that work to treat cancer in a few different ways.
If you have breast cancer, you may want to explore different treatment methods to supplement traditional medicine. Options include acupuncture, detoxification diets, traditional Chinese medicine, and antioxidants, among other alternatives. These are known as complementary and alternative medicine CAM. Many people use CAM treatments to help ease side effects, relieve pain, and improve their quality of life.