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Blogging against alternative cancer treatments

Our Problem with Alternative Cancer Treatments

The purpose of this blog is to warn against alternative medicine, alternative medicine for cancer in particular. With alternative medicine we mean medical treatments which are used instead of standard therapy and for which there is no reliable indication of any efficacy.

We believe alternative treatments are dangerous for a number of reasons. The main danger is that they give patients a false sense of security, causing them to lose time and thus robbing them from the chance to benefit from standard therapy, often with devastating results. Alternative therapies can also have dangerous, even life-threatening side effects. Many people will say that this can be said of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy as well. That is true, but these treatments have also shown to be effective. Most side-effects can be overcome and will diminish with time. In medicine, there is no gain without pain and the wisdom of the doctors lies in balancing the pain and the gain. With alternative cancer therapies, there is never any gain and the patient invariably loses all.

Some people will say that standard medicine is by no means perfect either. It is also often suggested that standard medicine has not been able to improve cancer survival rates compared to, let’s say, fifty years ago, so why not just turn to alternative treatments instead? The answer is simple: cancer survival rates have improved, as you can see here, and in spite of all its shortcomings and imperfections, standard medicine is still the best we have when it comes to treating cancer.

4 responses to “Our Problem with Alternative Cancer Treatments

  1. cryptocheilus September 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Great to see you ‘up and blogging’.

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  3. jre October 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    You’ve been back for a month!
    And nobody told me!
    Welcome news!

  4. beatis October 14, 2011 at 5:23 am

    @jre

    And nobody told me!

    I wanted to tell you so I tried to leave a message on your blog, but it went wrong all the time & I didn’t get through. Thanks so much for your kind welcome!

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