News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center May 2010 – Issue 58
Sorting Out Alternative Medical Claims
If you or someone you care about has cancer, the last thing you need is a scam. If you read or hear about a product that says it can cure cancer, talk to your doctor, do some research, and ask some serious questions.
Just as for any other type of product, if the cancer treatment claims sound too good to be true, then they probably are not true. When you read claims such as those below, it’s a good idea to be skeptical and find out more before trying the product.
Watch out for these “red flag” ad claims:
• Tis product is safe because it is natural. • It treats cancer without side effects. • It is easy and painless. • It cures all types of cancer.
Te following factors also point to a possible scam:
• A single doctor, rather than a national group of doctors, backs the product. • Te ad focuses on testimonials from other cancer patients, not research evidence.
• Te ad claims that doctors don’t want cancer patients to know about the product.
• Te ad urges stopping or delaying ongoing cancer treatment.
Be sure your health care providers know about all the medicines and dietary supplements you take. Even natural and
Be skeptical about “golden” cancer cures. If the claims about a treatment sound too good to be true, they probably are not true.
herbal products can interfere with cancer treatment drugs. Also, talk with your health care providers before you try any new treatment or supplement. For more information about alternative medical claims, contact the Cancer Learning Center at 1-888-424-2100.
Te Cancer Learning Center
(CLC) is a free resource library on the first floor of
Huntsman Cancer Institute 801-581-6365 1-888-424-2100
CANCER LEARNING CENTER RESOURCES
100 Questions and Answers About Caring for Family or Friends with Cancer
100 Questions and Answers About Lymphoma
Te Cleveland Clinic Guide to Lung Cancer
Video Yoga for Stress Relief
Beauty in the Building
This painting by Gary Ernest Smith can be seen in the Clinic A waiting room. Art in Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) buildings was donated for patients to enjoy. For more information about donating fine art to HCI, please contact Roni Whittle at 801-587-9315.
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