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.



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.

Mechanisms Identified for Curcumin Resensitization of Cancer Cells

Mechanisms Identified for Curcumin Resensitization of Cancer Cells

Curcumin helps to turn off pathways linked to chemoresistance in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, a study indicates.

Resistance Training, Nutritional Interventions Prevent Muscle Loss During, After Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer

Resistance Training, Nutritional Interventions Prevent Muscle Loss During, After Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer

Intervention with resistance training and nutritional supplements during and after radiation therapy is not only feasible, but also shown to prevent loss of muscle mass and improve quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC).



Colorectal Cancer Recurrence Lower in Survivors Who Exercise

Colorectal Cancer Recurrence Lower in Survivors Who Exercise

Researchers examined the impact of exercise and low body fat mass on recurrence of colorectal polyps among survivors of colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Recurrence Lower in Survivors Who Exercise, Have Low Body Fat Mass

Colorectal Cancer Recurrence Lower in Survivors Who Exercise, Have Low Body Fat Mass

This study investigated the impact of exercise (1 hour/week) and low body fat mass on recurrence of colorectal polyp recurrence among survivors of colorectal cancer.

Mechanisms Identified for Curcumin Resensitization of Cancer Cells

Mechanisms Identified for Curcumin Resensitization of Cancer Cells

Curcumin helps to turn off pathways linked to chemoresistance in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, a study indicates.



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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