A recent study involving 1,290 American patients taking alternative cancer treatments, was published in JAMA Oncology recently and reported by the BBC.

The results of the study suggest that cancer patients who use alternative therapies may be more likely to shun conventional treatments and risk their chances of survival. People who received such therapies often refused treatments such as chemotherapy or surgery, and their five-year survival rate was lower than that compared to standard care.

The use of alternative therapies, including certain diets, minerals and vitamin infusions, is growing in the US, but the evidence for how effective they are at treating cancer is limited.

Read more on the BBC website here