6 Alternative Therapies for Mesothelioma

Paul Kraus is the oldest surviving mesothelioma patient in the world, being diagnosed with the disease in 1997. As well as using conventional therapies, Kraus is also a big advocate of alternative therapies and we’ve listed six alternative therapies which he uses and recommends to other mesothelioma patients according to survivingmesothelioma.com. NOTE: You should always consult your doctor before beginning any alternative medication or therapy.

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A semi-synthetic compound, Ukrain is a mixture of three parts of a common weed called greater celandine and one part of a chemotherapy drug called Thiotepa which is usually given intravenously. Clinical studies of Ukrain on patients with bladder, colon, breast and pancreatic cancers found the compound improved quality of life although the research did have some limitations.


Iscador is the trade name of a product that stems from Viscum album, a European type of mistletoe that’s thought to have tumor-reducing properties. Clinical research into Iscador on mesothelioma patients in 2005 saw that those taking the product had lower rates of metastasis in the brain and lungs than those taking the placebo.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is considered one of the most controversial alternative therapies in cancer treatment. Although several studies have found no evidence that the vitamin helps cancer patients in any way, it remains the most widely taken vitamin mainly for its healing and immune system-boosting benefits.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone is an activated form of oxygen that’s considered to be bactericidal, fungicidal and germicidal. It’s thought that cancer cells cannot grow and spread in an oxygenated environment. However, there has been very little research into the efficiency of ozone therapy.

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Astragalus is an ancient Chinese herbal remedy said to restore energy. Derived from the roots of the Astragalus membranaceous plant, it’s thought this alternative therapy can help to slow down the development of tumors and also help to combat the side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

Cat’s Claw

Cat’s claw is a vine which comes from South America (also known as Uncaria tomentosa) and has been used as an ancient healing medicine for various ailments including cancer, gastric diseases, and arthritis. Studies have found that Cat’s Claw has anti-proliferative and anti-mutagenic properties and so it could help to slow down the rate of cancer cells spreading.

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