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 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.

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.



Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

Lifestyle changes that promote proper weight management, increased exercise, and a healthy diet have the potential to improve survivors' health and well-being.

Obesity Increases Costs Across Health Care Settings

Obesity Increases Costs Across Health Care Settings

Percentage increases in costs associated with obesity were highest for medications, higher for women

ACS Survivorship Guidelines for Healthy Behaviors Beneficial for Colon Cancer Survivors

ACS Survivorship Guidelines for Healthy Behaviors Beneficial for Colon Cancer Survivors

Patients with stage III colon cancer who follow the ACS guidelines for a healthy lifestyle after adjuvant chemotherapy had longer disease-free survival and overall survival.



Prehabilitation May Benefit Older Men Initiating ADT for Prostate Cancer

Prehabilitation May Benefit Older Men Initiating ADT for Prostate Cancer

Prehabilitation before initiating ADT in older men with prostate cancer may improve functioning, even in men on short-term ADT.

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

Lifestyle changes that promote proper weight management, increased exercise, and a healthy diet have the potential to improve survivors' health and well-being.

Tai Chi Effective, Affordable Alternative to CBT-I for Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors

Tai Chi Effective, Affordable Alternative to CBT-I for Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors

Tai chi is as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) for the treatment of insomnia in breast cancer survivors.



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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