Slide 1: Basic Assumptions

  • Most Alternative Therapies Don’t Work Very Well
    • Surveys have shown a significant proportion of cancer patients use alternative therapies. If most alternative therapies cured cancer most of the time we would see a dramatic improvement in cancer survival. If a significant number of these therapies were highly effective it would soon become obvious.
  • Some Alternative Therapies Probably Work Some of the Time
    • My own investigations have shown that some of these therapies do appear to have some promise, even though none appear to be a guaranteed miracle cure.
  • Therefore: You Must Sort Through the Many Options to Find the Most Promising and Appropriate for You.
    • I think of this process of deciding among therapies as a filter which selects the most promising. This process is analogous to the use of filters in electronics and signal processing, where they are frequently employed to let only a desired portion of the input signal pass through. In electronics the filter inputs are electrical signals. The inputs to your decision filter for alternative therapies include the evidence for the therapy, and a large number of factors particular to you, your situation, and your values and preferences. The output of your decision filter is the set of alternative and complementary therapies you’ve decided to use (possibly none!).

The rest of this presentation describes how your decision filter can help you select the most promising and appropriate alternative therapies. I hope it will clarify your thinking, and help you to maximize your odds with better decisions. Click on the buttons below to begin your exploration of a decision filter for alternative cancer therapies.


This CancerGuide Page By Steve Dunn. Copyright 1999 Steve Dunn. Last Updated August 29, 1999

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