UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Cancer patients who choose alternative treatment instead of medically-approved options may double their risk of death.
That’s according to a new study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine. They analyzed records from the U.S. National Cancer Database on nearly 300 people who tested positive for lung, breast, prostate or colorectal cancer.
These same people chose to pursue alternative treatments instead of conventional options like chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery.
One study member explained alternative treatments could include “herbs, botanicals, homeopathy, special diets or energy crystals.”
The study compared the health outcomes of these patients to over 500 others similar in age, race and type of cancer. But these patients chose conventional treatment.
According to results published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, those who went the alternative route were two-and-a-half times more likely to die within five years of diagnosis than those who opted for traditional treatment.