Yauch: Cancer free, or no? (Updated)

As you may have heard, Adam Yauch (aka MCA) of the Beastie Boys has been battling cancer, in the form of a tumor on his parotid gland. Earlier today news broke that he had been declared cancer free. As the Toronto Sun reports, the hoped-for diagnosis came after Yauch “adopted a strict vegan diet and turned to ancient Chinese medicine upon the advice of Tibetan doctors.”

But Yauch himself writes on the Beastie Boys website:

While I’m grateful for all the positive energy people are sending my way, reports of my being totally cancer free are exaggerated.

I’m continuing treatment, staying optimistic and hoping to be cancer free in the near future.

Hang in there, Yauch — we’ll keep the positive energy coming your way.


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    Codswallop Says:
    January 7th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    “Ancient Chinese medicine?” So, who declared him cancer-free, exactly? I wish the Sun article had told us–very irresponsible of the. “Anchient Chinese” doctors are hardly qualified to determine whether anyone has cancer in the first place, let alone whether they are now cancer-free. More likely it was modern, western doctors–oncologists, and so forth–who made the determination. The Sun does report that Yauch had surgery to remove the tumor. You don’t suppose that had anything to do with his recovery, do you? Typically, one also receives chemo or radiation (or both) post op. Why should anyone imagine Chinese herbs and yak dung had any effect at all?

    Beware of this kind of reporting. Some ignorant people will take it as evidence that so-called alternative cures actually work, when in fact the definition of alternative medicine is modalities that either have not been proven effective, or have been proven ineffective. People endure unimaginable pain and even die–unnecessarily–from this kind of thing.

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    Those silly ignorant people.

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    thanks for the post. what wonderful news.

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    thanks, but do please note this has been updated.

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    Om Mani Padme Hum


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