The alternative therapy

A 43-year-old woman has been suffering from an autoimmune disease for many years. Her health has deteriorated massively in recent years. Medicinal therapy options have been exhausted. At the hospital, the patient is told that she cannot be offered any further curative therapy. She should expect to die within the next few months. However, she will receive palliative and pain-relieving support.

The patient researches on the internet and comes across a report according to which treatment involving an expensive alternative therapy in the USA has led to a significant improvement in similar cases.

The patient asks the doctors treating her to treat her with this therapy. However, the doctors consider this form of treatment to be improper from a medical point of view.

Do you have to give the patient the treatment she wants?