August 25, 2013 10:52 am

Dr. Kris Gast~ Ask the Pros

Posted in: Ask the Pros

Q: Do natural remedies for cancer work?

A: The standard treatments for cancer, recommended by doctors today, have been tested multiple times over many, many years.  Treatments options go through three phases of testing before being approved for treatment. The Phase I trial tests to see if the proposed new treatment option works for any type of cancer and also tests how well patients tolerate the treatment.  Phase II trials are used to determine if it is successful against just one type of cancer.  If the treatment option passes Phase II, a Phase III trial is performed where the new treatment option is compared with the normal standard treatment.  If the new treatment option is found to be better than the standard, it becomes the new standard treatment.  This entire process can take up to 10 to 15 years or more to complete and test subjects have to be followed for years to check for long term side effects.

Natural remedies do not go through this process. Typically a company or individual may think “This will work, let’s sell it.” Therefore, there is really no way of knowing if natural remedies do indeed work.

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