Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing in popularity with both patients and clinicians. In this section we present a number of current alternate therapies and systems, and complimentary practices. Some practices, although popular, have yet to be established as medically effective treatments via research literature.


Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Approaches such as acupuncture, massage, and tai chi may ease discomfort

Acupuncture Modality Using Thermal Stimulation Effectively Relieves Cancer-Related Fatigue

Acupuncture Modality Using Thermal Stimulation Effectively Relieves Cancer-Related Fatigue

Infrared laser moxibustion, an infrared laser treatment combined with a traditional acupuncture modality, appears safe and effective in relieving cancer-related fatigue.

Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep, and Quality of Life for Survivors of Breast Cancer

Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep, and Quality of Life for Survivors of Breast Cancer

Acupressure reduced persistent fatigue in women who had been treated for breast cancer, improving both sleep and quality of life.



Ginger Extract Raises Antioxidant Levels in Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

Ginger Extract Raises Antioxidant Levels in Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

Supplemental ginger before and during treatment raises antioxidant levels in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Low-Fat Meal May Allow for Lower Doses of Abiraterone Acetate in Prostate Cancer Patients

Low-Fat Meal May Allow for Lower Doses of Abiraterone Acetate in Prostate Cancer Patients

A lower dose of abiraterone acetate with a low fat meal may have the same effect as taking the standard dose as recommended on an empty stomach.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Higher With Poor Metabolic Health vs Increased Weight

Colorectal Cancer Risk Higher With Poor Metabolic Health vs Increased Weight

Women with poor metabolic health have a greater risk of colorectal cancer than those with increased weight.



Lifestyle Choices Have Greater Influence on Colon and Rectal Cancer Risk

Lifestyle Choices Have Greater Influence on Colon and Rectal Cancer Risk

Predictive risk model shows that lifestyle choices have a greater influence on risk for colorectal cancer than does genetic factors.

Dance/Movement Therapy: A Unique and Enjoyable Approach to Support Children with Cancer

Dance/Movement Therapy: A Unique and Enjoyable Approach to Support Children with Cancer

Dr Lori Baudino, a clinical psychologist and dance/movement therapist, discusses a program that helps children with cancer cope with their disease and treatment, and learn to be children again.

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Remain Inactive After Treatment

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Remain Inactive After Treatment

Despite the known benefits of physical activity for breast cancer survivors, a large proportion of this population continues to be physically inactive after treatment.



Meditation Serves as a Coping Tool for Both Patients and Clinicians

Meditation Serves as a Coping Tool for Both Patients and Clinicians

After experiencing the benefits of meditation to help himself cope with the stress of caring for patients with cancer, this oncologist leads classes teaching those patients to use the tool to better cope with their disease and its effects.

Mindfulness Therapy Aids Cancer-Linked Cognitive Impairment

Mindfulness Therapy Aids Cancer-Linked Cognitive Impairment

There are benefits for breast and colorectal cancer survivors with mindfulness-based stress reduction, study data indicates.

Yoga and meditation can ease menopausal symptoms following breast cancer

Yoga and meditation can ease menopausal symptoms following breast cancer

Randomized trial shows beneficial effect for yoga combined with meditation in breast cancer survivors.

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