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Abstract

Unconventional, complementary, alternative or integrative cancer therapies

The field of unconventional, complementary, alternative or integrative cancer therapies presents itself as a mixture of diverse viewpoints, philosophies and definitions. Allegedly, some methods cannot be scrutinized in clinical studies and there are no studies on other, however, a rational approach to this field must consider the proven evidence of the method in the given situation and tumor entity. Unfortunately no method reaches levels of evidence comparable to conventional medicine. Still, some strategies may be suggested which may be recommended based on current knowledge. Accordingly, the following methods may be considered as reasonable:

? surgery: enzyme therapy
? chemotherapy: selenium and vitamin D-supplementation in cases of deficiency, green tea, sport, ginseng for fatigue, honey for mucositis
? antibody therapy: vitamin D-supplementation in cases of deficiency
? radiotherapy: hyperthermia, local honey application eventually in combination with pentoxifyllin
? endocrine therapy: green tea, selenium supplementation in cases of deficiency

Otherwise the principles of primary cancer prevention should be followed during active treatment and thereafter. The background behind these suggestions is explained in this article.

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Keywords
Integrative medicine, gynecologic oncology, complementary medicine, alternative medicine

Karsten Münstedt
Ortenau Klinikum Offenburg
Reviewer: Hans-Joachim Hindenburg, Berlin,
Jutta Hübner, Berlin, und Andreas Lenhard, Bad Segeberg

Münstedt K. Unkonventionelle, ... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2015; 11(2): 174–187 publiziert 31.07.2015 www.akademos.de/gyn ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2015 ISSN 1614-8533