There’s a distinction between unproven methods that claim to cure cancer and certain programs intended to improve your quality of life. Some dietary plans can improve your body’s ability to cope with cancer treatment. Some other programs, such as imagery, self-hypnosis, and biofeedback may also help improve your quality of life. However, none of these techniques has been proven to cure cancer. In the case of so-called “revolutionary” nutritional approaches, ask a registered dietitian to give you an opinion on their soundness.
If you are considering an unproven method, you may want to ask the following questions:
The key question for any treatment—either a proven one or an unproven one—is the same. Has this method been shown through unbiased research to be of possible benefit for the condition you have?
What is the treatment supposed to do?
Has the method been reviewed in respected medical journals? If so, what did the reviews say? If the method hasn’t been reviewed in any recognized medical journal, why not?
What are the background and training of the person who “discoverer” or is promoting this treatment?
Many unproven methods are offered by doctors with unrecognized degrees such as:
- N.D. [Doctor of Naturopathy]
- Ph.N. [Philosopher of Naturopathy]
- DABBA [Diplomate of the American Board of Bio-Analysts]
- Ms.D. [Doctor of Metaphysics]
Does it sound too good to be true?
Will the person giving the treatment be willing to work as a partner with my medical doctor?
Does my doctor believe this method could be harmful?