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CASE REPORT
J Korean Med. 2018;39(4): 177-182.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13048/jkm.18044
Successful Outcome of Breast Cancer Patient Refusing Conventional Treatments: A Case Report
Sanghun Lee1  , Kicheul Sohn2, and Songha Chon3
1Department of Medical Consilience, Graduate school, Dankook University
2Department of Preventive Medicine, Daegu Catholic University Medical Center
3Department of Hemato-oncology, Comprehensive and Integrative Medicine Hospital
Corresponding Author: Songha Chon ,Tel: +82-53-670-5737, Fax: +82-53-670-6001, Email: chonsongha@daum.net
Received: July 2, 2018;  Revised: August 8, 2018.  Accepted: August 8, 2018.
ABSTRACT
Background: Breast cancer is a treatable disease, but some women reject conventional treatment in favor of unproven "alternative therapies," which may have serious implications for their survival. Therefore, a process is needed to lead them to more appropriate treatment choices. Case presentation: Here, we present the case of a 51-year-old Korean female diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer (stage IIB, T2N1M0) in Nov. 2015. She refused a standard surgical resection together with chemotherapy and opted instead for moxibustion by nonmedical personnel. Consequently, her preference for alternative therapy without conventional treatment exacerbated her disease. Just a little over a year later, integrative cancer treatment, including chemotherapy based on histological founding, and complementary treatment, comprised of acupuncture, moxibustion, and herbal medicine, were administered for 5 months. Finally, she successfully underwent modified radical mastectomy showing a pathological complete response. She received only adjuvant chemotherapy without any alternative medicine afterwards, and she maintained a good status without recurrence.
Conclusion: In the case of breast cancer patients who are resistant to surgery and chemotherapy, integrative therapy considering adverse effects from conventional treatment should be preferred to bitter opposition to alternative medicine.
Keywords: Breast Cancer | Chemotherapy | Integrative Therapy | Alternative Therapy | Adverse effect
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