This health video focus' on a way to Give cancer patients natural ways to augment their therapy' a mix of conventional medicine and natural approaches.
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Dr. Dean Edell: Depending on the type and stage, cancer can be treated with drugs, surgery, and radiation. Dr. Timothy Birdsall: Cancer patients feel that they've lost control. Often times, patients look to natural therapies as a way to regain some part of control. Dr. Dean Edell: A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that 69% of cancer patients have used at least one complimentary or alternative therapy as part of their treatment. Dr. Ed Staren: Complimentary therapies allow the body to utilize many of its own mechanism, some of which maybe deficient. Because of the cancer they also have their own negative effects, and if that's not known to the physician that can have dire consequences for the patient. Dr. Dean Edell: Doctors often use drugs to quell the nausea and now researchers are also looking at natural anti-nausea treatments. Dr. Timothy Birdsall: Ginger has been researched for a variety of types of nausea, including nausea related to chemotherapy. Also the herb peppermint can be very useful in controlling that nausea. Dr. Dean Edell: Lack of appetite and nausea can make nutrition a challenge. Dr. Timothy Birdsall: Sometimes we do need to really kind of pack some calories in, so we may create protein shakes for patients so that they are getting concentrated nutrition. Dr. Dean Edell: Oncologist and cancer survivor Dr. Ed Staren recommends more than the traditional approach. Dr. Ed Staren: Combining that with state of the art and scientifically based complimentary medicine gave me and them the best chance to be around to see my grandchildren. Dr. Dean Edell: I am Dr. Dean Edell.