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alternatives was posted 03/31/2001 10:45 am by Sonya
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I'm sorry, I have to disagree with 'anonymous' on this one. I don't think its fair to just say 'no' when there is no way that can be known for certain by this person. My Dad went the alternative route after his whipple and is doing fine as of now. His surgery was in November and while I know it is still early and some people do fine for a little while after a whipple--his doctors have been surprised and happy about how well he is doing. His regiman included a clinic in Germany that specialized in alternative therapies, although they also provide radiation or chemo if necessary. I know his treatment includes diet modifications, hyperthermia, infusions and supplements as well as psychological counseling and other things I don't know the details of. I'm not saying that is what is right for everyone but Dad feels good about his choice and felt like it made sense for him to try to treat the whole body and theoretically address the problem rather than the symptom. I would never try to convince someone to go with a method of treatment that feels wrong to them and of course no treatment is 100% effective all the time. Dad was not convinced that chemo and radiation cure this disease and did not want to put his body through them. I believe they are right and helpful for some, I just don't think its fair for anyone to say that alternatives are never helpful to anyone. I also believe that alot of this is mental, which again is why I think it is so important that whatever treatment is chosen is one the person can believe in and have hope in.

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