Thank you for the post and link to more in-depth analysis.
Two sentences stand out.
"the study authors report that cancer patients who opted for alternative measures to treat their cancer had a poorer 5 year survival rate than those who opted for the mainstream treatments (82.2% versus 86.6%)"
Wow that is fairly close.
"However, there was no significant association between cm (complimentary medicine) and survival once treatment delay or refusal was included in the model "
I previously debated the moderator of SmartPatients site about a similar crappy paper. I think the author is Johnson. I'm not a med pro but that moderator could not overcome my critique of the deceptive paper. The site was using it to deceive members. They reported a conclusion that was not supported by the paper.
Mainstream oncology must be under serious pressure from integrative medicine.
I certainly am not surprised. Check out the long list of amazing recovery stories at chrisbeatcancer.com.
I think the work of Dr J. Tennant that builds on the tradition of Dr Nick Gonzalez, Dr Kelly and Dr J Beard is impressive. If Tennant is correct, there will be a revolution in the treatment of solid cancers. The first thing a cancer patient will do is go to a biological dentist to get rid of the root canals, maybe cavatations.