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.


Acupuncture an Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Acupuncture an Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

A meta-analysis of studies determined the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving cancer-related fatigue in patients with cancer, comparing the alternative treatment with sham acupuncture, typical care, and American ginseng.

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

Acupuncture was found to improve cancer-related fatigue in patients with lung cancer in as little as 2 weeks, according to results of a double-blind randomized clinical study.

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 when other therapy fails.



MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

A team from Methodist Hospital Cancer Center discuss an app developed at the facility that helps breast cancer survivors with nutrition and physical activity at SABCS 2017.

Bio-individualized Diet Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Stabilize Weight, Glucose

Bio-individualized Diet Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Stabilize Weight, Glucose

Novel weight reduction plan helps breast cancer survivors achieve and maintain a healthy weight and glucose level, according to a presentation at SABCS 2017.

Efficacy of Curcumin in Reducing Radiation Dermatitis Severity Assessed

Efficacy of Curcumin in Reducing Radiation Dermatitis Severity Assessed

A phase 2, randomized study investigated the effectiveness of oral curcumin, a component of turmeric, in reducing radiation dermatitis severity in patients undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer.



MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

A team from Methodist Hospital Cancer Center discuss an app developed at the facility that helps breast cancer survivors with nutrition and physical activity at SABCS 2017.

Cardiopulmonary Fitness Leads to Better Outcomes in Bladder Cancer Surgery

Cardiopulmonary Fitness Leads to Better Outcomes in Bladder Cancer Surgery

A feasibility study involving 60 patients with bladder cancer sought to determine if preoperative vigorous cardiovascular activity would improve postsurgical outcomes.

Online Learning Modules Improve Exercise Counseling, But Not Participation

Online Learning Modules Improve Exercise Counseling, But Not Participation

Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of online learning modules on physical activity counseling for oncology nurses. Although the modules improved nurses' counseling practices, they did not resolve the issue of physical activity in survivors.



Tibetan Yoga Improves Sleep Quality During Chemotherapy

Tibetan Yoga Improves Sleep Quality During Chemotherapy

Long-term benefits seen for those who practice at least two times a week

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.

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