In America, 4 million people who are being treated for various types of cancer, including pre-cancerous skin lesions, will survive the disease and go on to live productive lives. The numbers that survive are still far too low at only about 44%, as many patients and families are unaware of the depth of resources currently available to assist them in fighting this disease.
Mainstream medicine, such as relying upon surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, may initially appear successful, but the indications of the disease process are less often addressed. Unfortunately, many cancer patients use alternative therapies but report doing so without their oncologist's knowledge, stating they are "fearful of criticism or rejection by a physician" (Richardson et al., 2000).
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre has found that 99.3% of patients had heard of complementary medicine, and 68.7% of patients reported having used at least one unconventional therapy (Richardson et al. 2000).
The backbone of mainstream medicine is that research must be validated through clinical, controlled trials. Nutritional protocols often use multiple nutrients, which is a difficult model to apply in clinical trials. Testing a single nutraceutical denied the patient full support of nutritional pharmacology, an injustice when treating a seriously ill patient. Further, more trials are also very expensive.