Alternative cancer treatments—a professional perspective

Cindy L. Hopkins, Malcolm Brigden


More than half of all cancer patients will use some type of alternative treatment during the course of their illness. Unfortunately, some alternative therapies are harmful, and their promoters may be fraudulent. Individuals who try alternative cancer treatments are not poorly educated, but many ultimately abandon conventional medicine. This article reviews major alternative cancer therapies and also emphasizes the vital role health care professionals can play in dealing with these forms of treatment.

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