“We want him to receive a treatment that has less side effects, because chemotherapy is so brutal on a body, even an adult body, so think of what it’s doing to a little person who’s only 30 pounds,” Bland-Ball told reporters Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. “We want to get him something that’s healthier, that is more biologically sound for him, specific to him and not just a standard protocol that they use for everybody, because he’s an individual.”

Doctors caution against relying on natural methods to cure cancer. A 2017 study found that those with cancer who chose an alternative approach were 2.5 times more likely to die than those who stuck with conventional medicine.

In an essay for Stat News, Suneel Kamath, hematology/oncology fellow at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, argued for an approach that incorporates alternative techniques like meditation, diet and acupuncture alongside traditional medicine.

“We should focus on making choices that realistically have the best chance to help us. Sometimes, the ‘unnatural’ option is the best one,” Kamath wrote.

Focusing on natural treatments to cure cancer can also be frustrating for people with cancer themselves. Mighty contributor Erika Hansen responded to those who suggest natural supplements for her cancer, acknowledging that while alternative treatments can help, it is unwise to assume it is necessarily better. She wrote:

I still fervently believe that alternative and holistic medicine is an important facet of global health and urge others to pursue this avenue in conjunction with their already established methods of treatment. But certainly not with the ideology that it, and not Western medicine, is the only path to health.