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CANCER TREATMENT OPTIONS AND TESTS TO AID RECOVERY

Remember, the question is not “How do I get rid of cancer” but rather “How do I stop making cancer”

Dr. Thomas Lodi, Integrative Oncology

You have many treatment options but your oncologist can only offer Conventional treatments like chemo etc at your local cancer centre.

Scientific research shows that for most patients, these treatments alone do not result in long-term survival. All too often patients get short-term remission followed by a deadly recurrence.

The purpose of this site is to inform you of all your cancer treatment options.

CANCER TREATMENT OPTIONS
There are 4 types of cancer treatment:
Conventional Treatments ( surgery, chemo etc)
This is the standard care you’ll be offered in your local hospital or cancer treatment centre.
Alternative Treatments ( Mistletoe, Budwig Diet etc )
These are used instead of Conventional treatment
Complementary Therapies ( exercise, meditation etc)
Can be added to standard care.
Integrative Treatments
Conventional & Complementary therapies used together.

See also:
Tests (that are not part of standard care)
Practitioners in Ireland offering supportive cancer therapies.

What are Conventional Cancer Treatments?

Conventional cancer treatments are what you are offered in your local hospital or cancer treatment centre. Also referred to as Standard of Care treatment.

Biological Therapy 
Bone marrow transplant 
Chemotherapy 
Cell-based Therapies
Clinical Trials 
Cryosurgery 
Hormone Therapy 
Laser Therapy 
Proton Beam Radiation Therapy 
Radiation Treatment 
Surgery 
Targeted Cancer Therapies 
Watchful Waiting 

What are Alternative Cancer Treatments?

While Alternative cancer treatments are generally used in place of Conventional treatments such as chemo and radiation, some are now being used by conventional oncologists and are becoming standard of care. These include High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and Mistletoe Therapy. Alternative treatments offer the only hope for some patients, especially those for whom conventional treatments have failed to offer any benefit.
Alternative treatments include:
Antineoplastons 
Budwig Protocol
Gerson Therapy
The Gonzalez Protocol
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
Hoxsey Diet Therapy
Insulin Potentiation Therapy
Laetrile 
Mistletoe Therapy
Oncolytic Virotherapy
Sono-Photo Dynamic Therapy
Care Oncology Protocol
Cannabis Oil
Jane McLelland Off Label Drugs for Cancer 
Joe Tippens Protocol 

See full details on Alternative Cancer Treatments page.

See also: Latest Treatments being studied for cancer

What are Complementary Cancer Therapies?

Complementary cancer therapies comprise a wide range of therapies, products, and strategies that are used in addition to standard and alternative cancer treatments.

Studies have shown that complementary therapies have a number of beneficial effects. They can be used to reduce treatment side-effects and pain, improve treatment outcomes, and prolong survival.

This 2019 Study reported the following  findings:

Quality of Life (QOL)
Systematic reviews: Among 91 trials, 58 reported beneficial aspects of complementary therapies on increasing the QOL for cancer patients (64%, 58/91).

Among 33 Meta-analyses, 22 reported significant effects of complementary therapies on increasing the QOL for cancer patients (72%, 24/33).

Overall Survival
Systematic review:Among 57 trials, 12 reported beneficial aspects of complementary therapies on the overall survival (OS) improvement for cancer patients (21%, 12/57).

Among the 16 Meta-analyses, 15 reported significant effects of complementary therapies on OS improvement for cancer patients (94%, 15/16).

Pain
Systematic review: Among 62 trials, 53 reported beneficial aspects of complementary therapies on relieving pain for cancer patients (85%, 53/62).

Among 20 Meta-analyses, 16 reported significant effects of complementary therapies on relieving pain for cancer patients (80%, 16/20).

Depression
Systematic review: Among 101 trials, 34 reported beneficial aspects of complementary therapies on relieving depression for cancer patients (34%, 34/101). Among 17 Meta-analyses, 10 reported significant effects of complementary therapies on relieving depression for cancer patients (59%, 10/17).

Numerous Complementary therapies are feature on these pages:

What are Integrative Cancer Treatments?

Integrative Oncology is a holistic and patient-centred approach to cancer care. It uses both conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy, and surgery, alongside complementary therapies such as Mistletoe therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

It is designed to ease the patient’s suffering, address the important emotional and psychological impact of cancer, as well as alleviate symptoms of the diseases and ease side effects of conventional treatments.

See full list of Clinics offering Integrative Treatments

Online Prescriptions

Note: Cancer Ireland does not accept advertising and has no relationship with the services listed here – they are provided solely as a helpful guide for patients.

Dixon Chemist in the UK
Will supply Low Dose Naltrexone and other cancer medicines as well as providing consultations and prescriptions.

Buying from suppliers that do not post to Ireland
You can have some items sent to An Post postal addresses in the UK and in the US. They are then forwarded on to your address in Ireland.

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Clinics offering supportive therapies to cancer patients.

Drummartin Clinic
3 Drummartin Road,
Goatstown, Dublin 14
D14 K0T9
Website: Drummartin Clinic
Email: reception@drummartinclinic.ie
Landline: +353 1 296 5993

The following is from their website:
We work co-operatively alongside your G.P and/or consultant and blend standard and complementary medicine, ensuring that you receive the benefits of both medical systems. We avoid recommending treatments that may conflict with your prescribed medicines. Hopefully with help from all of us in Drummartin Clinic, good doctor-patient teamwork and you, also, working to help yourself, your life will, once more, be enjoyable and productive. 


Richard Rocker Clinic for Functional Health
Unit 8, Westgate Business Park,
Ennis, Co Clare V95 FY71
Website: rockerclinic.com
Email: richard@rockerclinic.com
Phone: +353 (0) 86 177 4873

The following is from their website:
Dr Richard Rocker has been in clinical practice for over 30 years. He is certified in Functional Medicine, Massage, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Personal Training, Nutrition, Phlebotomy, Genomics, Blood Chemistry Analysis, Homeoprophylaxis, and Eastern Medicine, which taught him to see the body from a holistic perspective. Dr. Richard Rocker has received his Bachelor’s in Holistic Health Science and Doctorate and Ph.D. in Integrative and Natural Medicine and utilizes his Integrative approach to helping people at all levels of their being.


Crescent Moon Therapy Rooms
Unit 4 Johnstown Business Park
Waterford City.
Phone: Carmel 087 6386364
Email: carmelhogan12@gmail.com
Website:crescentmoontherapy.com

Therapies offered include:


Updated April 2024

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