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Cancer and Alternative Medicine

Patrick Massey MD, PhD  ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy
Elk Grove Village IL and serving the Chicago area

Once a diagnosis of cancer is made, many look to alternative therapies to increase the potential for a good outcome. Unfortunately, most nontraditional practioners know little of chemotherapy medications and radiation therapy.

Similarly most oncologists, radiation oncologists and their staffs know little about the benefits of nontraditional medicine. Integrative medicine physicians, like Dr. Massey (click here), are able to walk in both worlds and make accurate and effective recommendations.

Mounting medical research is showing that, for the treatment of cancer (click here), healthy people do better and debilitated people do worse...and an integrative medicine approach can help.

Although there are no proven alternative cancer therapies that can cure cancer, select supplements (vitamins, herbs, mushrooms) may reduce side effects, improve outcomes and long term survival.

There are many therapies - acupuncture, vitamins/supplements, massage, tai chi and qigong - that fight the side effects that are common in the traditional medical approach including fatigue, malnutrition and hot flashes.

For two decades, Dr. Massey has been treating cancer patients during and after chemotherapy and radiation therapy. As medical director for complementay and alternative medicine, he works closely with the Alexian Brothers Hospital Network Cancer Institute.

Especially for cancer, be wary of therapies that claim to “cure” cancer.  To date, none have been shown, in reasonable medical studies, to actually work.
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