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A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center • May 2011 - Issue 70 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 “red flag” ad claims:
• Tis product is safe because it is natural.
If a treatment sounds too good to be true, be wary—it probably is.
• 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 herbal products can interfere with cancer treatment drugs. Also, talk with your health care providers before you try any new treatment or supplement.
Yoga classes for current and former patients and their families
Tuesdays 5–6 p.m. Fridays 10–11 a.m.
For more information, call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585
Look Good, Feel Better
The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center partners with the American Cancer Society to provide the Look Good,Feel Better program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Women with cancer learn cosmetic tips and creative ways to use wigs, scarves, and other accessories. Each participant receives a free cosmetic kit to match her skintone.
4:30–6:30 p.m. 4th Wednesday of each month
To register for this free class, call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585.
Questions About Cancer?
The Cancer Learning Center (CLC) gives you the answers you need—in person, by phone, or by e-mail. The CLC library has more than 3,000 books, videos, CDs, and audiobooks on a variety of cancer topics that anyone can check out free. Talk one-on- one with trained and caring staff, or send an e-mail for answers to your cancer questions.
Visit the first floor of Huntsman Cancer Institute
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday Free for everyone
Call 1-888-424-2100 toll free Send e-mail to
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