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 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.

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.



Anticancer Properties of The Probiotic Kefir: A Review

Anticancer Properties of The Probiotic Kefir: A Review

A review of data on kefir has shown that the probiotic milk drink has potential anticancer properties affecting apoptosis, proliferation, and the anti-oxidative process in several cancers, including breast or gastric cancer, leukemia, and sarcoma.

Vitamin B6 and B12 Supplements May Up Risk of Lung Cancer in Men

Vitamin B6 and B12 Supplements May Up Risk of Lung Cancer in Men

Vitamin B intake appears to be related to lung cancer risk, but only for men or male smokers.

Risk of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers Increased With Alcohol Consumption

Risk of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers Increased With Alcohol Consumption

Researchers found that an association between alcohol consumption and nonmelanoma skin cancers may be dose-dependent. This risk includes basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.



DVD Motivated Patients to Exercise for Managing Fatigue in Breast Cancer

DVD Motivated Patients to Exercise for Managing Fatigue in Breast Cancer

Patients with breast cancer experiencing fatigue need to be encouraged to exercise. In this study, investigators measured the impact of enhancing oncologist recommendations with a yoga-based DVD.

Anticancer Properties of The Probiotic Kefir: A Review

Anticancer Properties of The Probiotic Kefir: A Review

A review of data on kefir has shown that the probiotic milk drink has potential anticancer properties affecting apoptosis, proliferation, and the anti-oxidative process in several cancers, including breast or gastric cancer, leukemia, and sarcoma.

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



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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