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January 24, 2006

Small Percentage of 'Terminal' Lung Cancer Patients Inexplicably Cured

Topics: Health Issues

Researchers say that unorthodox cancer cures may be responsible for a small group of patients who unexpectedly recovered from cancer but received only paliative therapy.

Doctors have found statistical evidence that alternative treatments such as special diets, herbal potions and faith healing can cure apparently terminal illness, but they remain unsure about the reasons.

A study of patients with incurable lung cancer who were given weeks to live and received only low-dose radiotherapy to make their final weeks more comfortable found a small number recovered completely.

Researchers who followed 2,337 patients whose disease was too advanced for curative treatment found that 25 had survived five years and 18 had achieved "an apparent cure." They appeared to have been cured by treatment that "would not normally be considered to have any curative potential whatsoever."

According to the researchers, the results could yield yield new insights into the disease.

Posted by Richard at January 24, 2006 12:34 PM

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