This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the Gerson therapy as a treatment for people with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of the development of the Gerson therapy; a review of laboratory, animal, and human studies; and possible side effects associated with the use of this treatment.
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The Gerson therapy is advocated by its supporters as a method of treating cancer patients based...
Added text about a randomized controlled trial of screening versus usual care in Kerala, India; during a 15-year follow-up period, there were 138 deaths from oral cancer in the screening group with a cause–specific mortality rate of 15.4 per 100,000 person-years, and 154 deaths in the control group with at mortality rate of 17.1 per 100,000 person-years (cited Sankaranarayanan et al. as reference 19).
Revised text to state that aside from the issues of generalizability to other populations and lack of an overall statistically significant result in cause–specific mortality, interpretation of the results is made difficult by serious lacks in methodologic detail about the randomization process, allocation concealment, adjustment for clustering effect, and information about treatment.
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