Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

When people learn you have cancer, they may offer advice or tell you about someone they know who had breast cancer that was cured with an alternative treatment. It can be tempting to consider alternative treatments, especially when your options may be waning. However, no alternative treatments have proved to be effective cancer treatments.

Even when people decide to try an alternative therapy, many neglect to tell their doctors. But, it's important to let your doctor know about everything that you're taking to prevent any dangerous adverse reactions. Another concern about alternative treatments is that some people delay getting potentially lifesaving treatments to try an alternative first.

May. 24, 2011