How dangerous are alternative cancer treatments? – health

Breast cancer was diagnosed in Katie Britton-Jordan at the age of 37. She decided against conventional medical treatments and instead opted for alternative therapies. At the end of May, the mother of a five-year-old daughter died at the age of 40.

The Briton was suffering from triple negative breast cancer. A form of aggressive breast cancer, which presents a chance of survival, is not treated or treated very late or even very little.

The dangerous thing about this type of tumor: Important receptors as targets for therapies are lacking, targeted therapies usually do not work. The only possible cure to date is chemotherapy.

Katie Britton-Jordan spoke out against chemotherapy and followed alternative treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Professor Jutta Hübner, a specialist in internal medicine, hematology and internal oncology, palliative medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy at the Jena University Hospital, explains the dangers of alternative procedures and offers complementary medical treatments.

PICTURE: In this case, the patient relied on a vegan diet and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. What can these procedures accomplish?

Prof Hübner: "There is no evidence that a vegan diet has a positive effect on cancer.It is rather the deficiency symptoms (iron, vitamin B12) that result, which must be avoided during An anti-cancer treatment In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, it is supposed that an excess of oxygen can be introduced into the body by overpressure and thus promote healing.There is no scientific evidence on this subject. It's rather quackery. "

What data is available on the mode of action of alternative healing methods in cancer treatment?

Prof Hübner: "First, it is important to distinguish between alternative healing and complementary medical procedures.In the field of alternative methods (literal meaning: instead of), there is no documented evidence, while there are many methods in complementary medicine (concomitant) that complement cancer treatments, for example, in the form of physical, nutritional and relaxation exercises.

The key is to choose the appropriate method for individual cancer treatment. For example, administration of nutritional supplements or herbs may be helpful in some cases, but the medicinal herb of St. John's Wort is difficult or even disadvantageous in combination with certain anti-cancer drugs. Therefore, a serious evaluation of complementary therapies by an oncologist is always indicated. "