This article is about “alternative” medicine, chosen in lieu of conventional treatments. It is not about “integrative” medicine, which supports conventional therapies. Please talk with your doctor about your options and make an informed decision.

Patients with cancer who use alternative medicine (AM) without conventional chemotherapy (CCT) may have worse clinical outcomes and greater risk of death, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.1

Researchers identified 281 patients with breast, colorectal, lung, or prostate cancer who chose AM over CCT, and matched them 2:1 with 560 patients with cancer who received CCT. There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics.

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