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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of the most common questions our visitors have asked us over the years. We have broken them down into topics to make it easy for you to find the answers you are looking for.

How do I choose between traditional and natural cancer therapy?

We encourage all of our visitors to look into using both types of cancer care, where appropriate. You can find some good advice in our 10 things to look for in a cancer doctor article.

Why should I work with an expert care team?

It is important to work with a cancer treatment expert because they are highly educated and researched in their field and can formulate a treatment plan that suits each patient based on their individual needs. A care team can include both traditional and natural health professionals.

How do I find a good doctor?

Finding a doctor open to natural and integrative cancer treatments can be challenging. Cancer Tutor has a searchable list of natural and integrative health clinics that offer cancer treatments and are open to working with your traditional care team. For many of the clinics listed, our Clinics Team has visited the clinic and has seen how it is run and what it offers directly. Here is our CT Clinics List. Also, check out our article, 10 Things to Look for in a Cancer Doctor.

What can I do to begin a natural treatment today?

We encourage you to start at the beginning with research at Cancer Tutor. Treating cancer is not a race and requires a solid plan. Learning as much as you can before making an informed choice is always the best way to go. 

What part does my immune system play in treating cancer?

The immune system has been found to be an integral piece in the treatment of cancer. For more information on the immune system see our article, Cancer vs the Immune System.

How do I boost my immune system?

We've put together some strategies in our article, Boosting the Immune System.

What questions do I ask my healthcare team?

Who do you want on your healing team? contains a list of questions you may wish to pose to your health care team during the course of your visit.

My family member with cancer doesn't want to go the natural treatment route. What can I do?

While everyone wants what they feel is best for a loved one with cancer, it is rarely successful to force a patient to do something they don't want to do. The best advice we have is to give them as much accurate information as possible so they have the tools they need to make an informed decision. In the end, it is their decision to make. Even if they decide to go with more traditional treatments, you can always offer them information on integrative treatments to help them through. For examples, see Natural cancer treatments for those using chemotherapy and/or radiation

Are there rules for using natural cancer treatments?

Yes. Most natural cancer treatments should only be implemented with your professional healthcare team on board and at the helm.

Can natural cancer treatment interfere with your prescription drugs?

Yes. There are many contraindicationsCaution should be used when two drugs or procedures are used together. and side effects that can accompany any type of cancer treatment. It is important for a patient to do as much research as they can and consult their professional healthcare team before starting.

What is the best treatment for my type of cancer?

Remember, every patient's cancer situation is different. Cancer Tutor breaks down each type of cancer and offers information on possible treatments for that specific type. Find the type of cancer you are dealing with and you will find the relevant information.

What if I cannot afford or obtain the recommended protocols?

Natural/Alternative cancer treatments can be expensive and are generally not covered by insurance. We have created a page for visitors that covers options on how you may be able to fund your treatment.

Is there ONE inexpensive cancer treatment that everyone should include?

Yes! Nutrition is probably the biggest tool that cancer patients have in their tool belt to help treat their cancer. See our Cancer Diet page for more information.

The doctors have given up on me/my family member. Can natural treatments still help?

Yes. We highly encourage those who have exhausted traditional medicine treatments to reach out to a Natural/Alternative Cancer Treatment Clinic to see what they have available for your specific case.

Are any natural medicine protocols synergistic with chemotherapy?

There are several integrative treatments that have proven to be beneficial for patients who are on traditional treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation. That said, it is crucial to work with your healthcare team to be sure there are no contraindications between your traditional treatments and any integrative/natural treatments you are seeking.

Can natural treatments interfere with traditional treatments?

As we mention above, yes. Be sure to tell your primary care doctor if you are using natural treatments as there can be some contraindications between treatments.

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is one of the most common and underestimated side effects of breast cancer treatment. Our article on lymphedema covers information cancer patients may want to know.

What should cancer patients eat?

Cancer diets are wide-ranging and, like any diet, success depends on you. Ultimately, a cancer diet plan should be a decision reached between you and a qualified health care professional. Our Cancer Diet article is a broad overview of food and cancer.

What is IVC?

IVC stands for Intravenous Vitamin C. IVC has been shown to be beneficial for many cancer patients. Read more on High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C.

What supplements are beneficial for cancer patients?

Maintaining adequate levels of nutrients can be problematic for cancer patients. These nutrients support both general health and immune support. Cancer patients may want to support their health using some of the diet supplmements we discuss.

Are there clinics that use natural medicine?

The Cancer Tutor Clinics Directory provides a list of natural, integrative cancer treatment clinics around the world. The clinics on our list offer many of the most promising treatments that are explored on Cancer Tutor.

How do I choose a clinic that's right for me?

It is imperative that you are comfortable with the clinic you choose for your treatment. Knowing what you are looking for in a clinic/doctor is your first step. Then, developing a set of questions for your choice of clinics can help you zero in on the clinic that suits your situation and personal needs best.

Should I get a mammogram?

Each person is different, and so will be the answer to this question. We recommend working closely with your primary caregiver to decide if a mammogram is the right direction for your situation. In some cases, they are not necessary, and in others, they can be very useful.

What about PSA tests for prostate cancer?

Each person is different, and so will be the answer to this question. We recommend working closely with your primary caregiver to decide if a mammogram is the right direction for your situation. In some cases, they are not necessary, and in others, they can be very useful.

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