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.



Intentional Weight Loss Associated With Endometrial Cancer Risk

Intentional Weight Loss Associated With Endometrial Cancer Risk

The impact of weight loss on risk for endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women was assessed in women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative observational study.

Soy Consumption Influences Tamoxifen Efficacy Against Breast Tumor Recurrence

Soy Consumption Influences Tamoxifen Efficacy Against Breast Tumor Recurrence

Lifelong soy consumption improves tamoxifen response in women with breast cancer; however, adding soy to diet after initiating tamoxifen therapy may not provide the same benefits.

Higher Protein Intake May Modestly Improve Breast Cancer Survival

Higher Protein Intake May Modestly Improve Breast Cancer Survival

An analysis of data from women with stage I to III breast cancer investigated the potential association between protein intake and survival.



Nut Consumption Inversely Associated With Lung Cancer Risk

Nut Consumption Inversely Associated With Lung Cancer Risk

A higher consumption of nuts was associated with a lower overall risk for developing lung cancer irrespective of smoking status.

Two Exercise Sessions Per Week Linked To Lower Mortality From Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

Two Exercise Sessions Per Week Linked To Lower Mortality From Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

Both men and women who exercised 1 to 2 days each week conferred significant health benefits.

ASCO: Moderate Activity Linked to Longer Survival in Advanced CRC

ASCO: Moderate Activity Linked to Longer Survival in Advanced CRC

Moderate but not vigorous activity proved beneficial for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.



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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