It is a common misconception that alternative cancer treatments are nothing but FALSE HOPE. Whereas, in reality, it is CONVENTIONAL medicine that puts out huge amounts of false hope.
A great deal of evidence indicates that alternative methods for cancer are often a lot more effective at bringing about long-term cures than conventional methods — and with no negative side effects! However, most mainstream doctors believe that the ONLY effective approaches to cancer are those they have to offer in their conventional arsenal.
Since they believe their approaches are the only choices you have, they will often NOT tell you the truth about your chances for recovery. In other words, even though they may KNOW their treatments cannot cure you, they will not always tell you that when they administer their treatments to you because they don’t think you have any other options anyway! In other words, conventional doctors often give out FALSE HOPE.
To avoid the pitfalls of false hope from mainstream medicine, here are 8 key questions to ask your doctor. (Medical terms are defined below the Questions.)
Key Questions To Ask Your Doctor
(The following questions and medical term definitions are taken from Chapter 21 of OUTSMART YOUR CANCER titled “Evaluating Conventional Methods.”)
1. “What kind of long-term efficacy does the conventional treatment you are recommending offer my type of cancer situation? In other words, what are my chances of becoming completely cancer-free with your recommended treatment?”
2. If your oncologist quotes response rates, say “I am not interested in learning about tumour response rates because I know they have never been scientifically correlated with long-term cure and only refer to short-term tumour shrinkage. What are the long-term cancer-free statistics on this treatment?”
3. If you have a child with cancer, ask your paediatric oncologist “What are the chances that my child will recover using this treatment and grow up to be a healthy adult? Have you seen any children become cancer-free with this treatment and go on to live normal lives? What are the chances that this treatment will cause either nerve damage or a secondary treatment-induced cancer to develop in my child in years to come?”
4. “Do you believe the treatment you are recommending will be curative, or just palliative?” (Remember, a palliative treatment is considered to be one that is NOT expected to save the patient’s life, but is simply administered in the hope that it will prolong the patient’ life. Sometimes this expectation for longer survival in the conventional world is only a few months.)
5. “What will this treatment do to my quality of life?”
6. “How long will I live if I do NOT undergo any treatment at all? And how long do you think I will live if I follow your treatment suggestion?’
7. If your doctor talks about hoping to bring you into remission, let him or her know that you understand remission does not equal cure and ask, “If I do go into remission with this treatment, what are the chances my cancer will come back at some point later?” “What are the chances it will never come back?”
8. “If I go through this treatment, what are all the serious or even life-threatening side effects I might experience? Is it possible this treatment could cause me to die of heart failure, kidney failure, from a blood clot or some other possible side effect? Is it possible this treatment could cause me to develop a secondary life- threatening cancer within a few years?” (This is what is called a “Treatment-Induced Cancer.”)
Do not be shy about asking your doctor the above questions. This is critical information YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. The main medical terms are defined below.
Remission refers to that state where a cancer patient no longer exhibits clinical signs of cancer, and diagnostic tests show the person to be “all-clear” of cancer. Does this mean that a person is definitely cancer-free? No. Most diagnostic tests cannot see every last cancer cell and lack of clinical signs is no proof that all the cancer is gone. Thus, “remission” does not necessarily mean “cancer-free.”
All conventional cancer treatment research measures effectiveness of a treatment or drug through the use of a standard method. This method involves recording “response rates.” Newspaper and magazine articles about new drug treatments quote response rates, and your oncologist may also quote response rates to you regarding a particular treatment. In conventional research, a “response” is defined as shrinkage of tumour size by 50% or more within 28 days. In other words, if 65% of the animal or human subjects display that amount of tumour shrinkage within that amount of time, then the treatment is considered to have had a 65% response. But these tumour shrinkages tend to be temporary and do NOT represent eradication of ALL the cancer. In fact, conventional response rates have NEVER correlated to overall long-term cure. Thus, response rates are virtually meaningless and should never be confused with cure rates.
In conventional cancer medicine, “cure” is defined as “alive 5 years after diagnosis.” Thus, a cancer patient could die of his or her cancer 5 years and 2 weeks after they were diagnosed and be listed in the official statistics as cured. Amazingly, conventional medical institutions do not mean “cancer-free” in their official cure-rate statistics. And when an oncologist refers to “curing” you, he or she may not be referring to bringing you to a cancer-free state. In alternative medicine, however, “cure” IS defined as cancer- free.
A “palliative” treatment is NOT expected to be able to save the patient”s life. (In other words, it is not “curative.”) Palliative treatments in cancer medicine are simply administered to try to PROLONG the patient’s life. Sometimes palliative treatments are only able to give the patient a few extra weeks or months, and often reduce the patient’s quality of life in the process.
Secondary Treatment Induced Cancer:
In general, people are NOT told by their oncologist that ALL radiation treatments and MOST chemotherapy protocols are potentially carcinogenic. This means that the conventional treatment given to a cancer patient may cause a new cancer to develop at some later point! Often times this new cancer will appear in the form of either leukemia or liver cancer.