Alternative prostate cancer treatment is an umbrella term for all of the nontraditional approaches. These can include:
Some men may go down this road in the hope of curing
their prostate cancer.
Adding to existing treatment
If you and your loved one are considering an alternative treatment in addition to his traditional medical treatment, it is very important to discuss this with your loved one’s healthcare team.
You want to be sure that it will not interfere or cause dangerous or even life-threatening side effects.
Certain herbs, and even certain foods, can have an affect on the body. It is always important to understand and discuss these possible effects with a medical professional.
In place of treatment
If you and your loved one are considering an alternative treatment in place of traditional treatment, also discuss this with your man's healthcare team.
Investigate or ask
if there are any clinical studies conducted by reputable medical
institutions that show that the proposed treatment has been proven to
be safe and effective. You can also search on your own at pubmed.org.
Certain types of treatment that are not designed to cure prostate cancer, but may be used in addition to traditional treatments, are called complementary treatments.
They may include activities such as:
Some cancer centers now offer these complementary treatments for both men with cancer and their loved ones. They may help relieve some of the stress that's common when you are coping with prostate cancer.
Watch for warning signs with alternative prostate cancer treatment
The American Cancer Society suggests looking for these "red flags" when researching an alternative prostate cancer treatment:
When in doubt, always ask a qualified healthcare professional. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Return to treatments
Reference: The American Cancer Society. Prostate Cancer. http://www.cancer.org. Accessed March 17, 2015.
Always consult a medical professional.