How Do I Know Whether a Treatment Is Quackery?

There are warning signs of possible quackery. The company, clinic, or people offering treatment

•claim the treatment is harmless, painless, and nontoxic

• use a secret formula that is never revealed and cannot be tested or reproduced by anyone else

• explain the treatment’s action on the basis of unproven thee •require patients to follow special diets or intense nutritional support during and after treatment (the failure of the treatment can then be blamed on the patient’s inability to follow the rigorous diet)

•discuss their treatment only in the mass media •support the success of their treatments with testimonials and anecdotes

•have never done controlled studies to document effectiveness

•are not staffed by certified cancer specialists

•do not require a consent form •attack the medical establishment

Can I Do Both Conventional and Alternative Therapy Together?

If you learn of an alternative treatment that sounds appealing, get objective information about the risks and benefits. Discuss your findings with your oncologist before you make your final decision about which treatments to pursue.

If you decide to proceed with any alternative therapy, it is best to do so under the auspices of your oncologist, so that your progress can be monitored and you will not offset any benefit of conventional therapy.

If your oncologist adamantly opposes your pursuing simultaneous alternative and conventional medicine, and you feel that you must do both, it is safest for you to find a reputable oncologist who feels comfortable with your proposed treatments.


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