On cancer

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

THE MIN­I­MUM NUM­BER

OF MIN­UTES A DAY MID­DLE-AGED PEO­PLE SHOULD SPEND DO­ING

BRISK WALK­ING PEO­PLE who choose con­ven­tional treat­ments for cancer — such as surgery, ra­dio­ther­apy, chemo­ther­apy and hor­mone treat­ment — are likely to live longer than those who opt for al­ter­na­tive medicine only, ac­cord­ing to a study.

It’s rare for peo­ple in Ire­land or other coun­tries to choose to ig­nore con­ven­tional treat­ment com­pletely when faced with a cancer di­ag­no­sis.

More of­ten, peo­ple choose to add com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies to their con­ven­tional cancer treat­ment. The new study does ap­ply to peo­ple com­bin­ing con­ven­tional and com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies. It was car­ried out by Yale School of Medicine in the US. Over­all, 78pc of peo­ple hav­ing con­ven­tional treat­ment sur­vived at least five years, com­pared to only 55pc of peo­ple who had al­ter­na­tive treat­ment alone.

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