Study Shows Chemotherapy Does More Harm Than Good in Some Patients

Jonathan Schoenfeld
August 3, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) Most people have had cancer affect their lives in one way or another. The World Health Organization estimates there were 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012. Weighing one’s options with regard to a treatment plan can oftentimes be very difficult, but patients are usually willing to try anything to combat this horrible disease.

Chemotherapy is one of the main cancer treatments offered in biomedicine. Many cancer patients have had great results with chemo treatment while others have not experienced such outcomes. Some patients refuse chemotherapy treatment because of the potential adverse effects. In fact, an astonishing 75% of doctors would actually refuse chemotherapy because of its ineffectiveness in combating the disease and how devastating it can be to the human body.

A study published in Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology also claims that chemotherapy is an ineffective treatment for patients with late-stage cancer. The study shows that chemotherapy failed to improve—and in some cases, even worsened—quality of life for patients with late-stage cancer.

Chemotherapy is ineffective largely because it weakens the patient so much that they have less strength to fight off the disease—or it shortens their lifespan so they don’t have enough time for the treatment to be effective. Below are some options for people that are faced with the tough decision of  cancer treatment:

Acupuncture: Many people are unaware of the vast treatment possibilities of acupuncture. Acupuncture is generally accepted in Western medicine as a treatment for pain only. Acupuncturists and patients who have reaped the benefits are aware that it can be used for much more than just pain. Acupuncture can be used to combat many of the side effects of chemotherapy, including nausea and vomiting. It can reinforce willpower, improve emotional well-being, and strengthen the patient’s overall constitution.

Herbal Medicine: Herbal medicine is used in conjunction with biomedicine as a treatment for cancer in India, Japan, and China. Unfortunately, in most biomedical facilities around the world, traditional medical practices and biomedicine are mostly separated. Many herbalists in Western societies are unwilling to treat cancer because they fear malpractice lawsuits. What herbalists are willing to do for cancer patients is combat chemotherapy side effects and strengthen the patient’s constitution with herbal medicine.

Cannabis: Cannabis recently made headlines when GW Pharmaceuticals attempted to patent CBD and THC as cures for cancer. Additionally, the federal government has admitted marijuana’s effectiveness as a cancer treatment. Consuming cannabis has also been shown to fight pain while improving the appetite of people enduring through chemotherapy.

Cancer is a powerful disease, so it is understandable that it takes a powerful form of treatment to effectively battle it. The most beneficial remedy might not be just one option, but multiple methods employed together. Individuals should always consult a medical professional before choosing a cancer treatment plan.

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