When your patient falls for a charlatan

Two oncologists have spoken openly about dealing with patients who insist on trying out complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) with no proven benefits.

Melbourne-based medical oncologist Dr Ranjana Srivastava writes in the Guardian that every oncologist has a tale of patients facing financial and psychological ruin after choosing an alternative therapy over conventional chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy can be daunting, destructive and sometimes even fatal, but at least there is openly available literature