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Cancer patients who opt for alternative treatment at greater risk of death, study finds

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 24 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4006
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Cancer patients who initially chose alternative medicine therapies as the sole treatment for their cancers were more than twice as likely to die compared with patients who chose to undergo conventional cancer treatment, a US study has found.1 The study was published by JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

In the study, Skyler B Johnson and colleagues, at the Yale School of Medicine, identified 281 patients from the US National Cancer Database from 2004 to 2013 with breast, prostate, lung, or …

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