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.


Improved Pain Scores With Acupuncture for Arthralgia in Breast Cancer Not Clinically Meaningful

Improved Pain Scores With Acupuncture for Arthralgia in Breast Cancer Not Clinically Meaningful

In a multicenter study, researchers sought to determine if acupuncture effectively relieved aromatase inhibitor-related joint pain in patients with breast cancer.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of IV injections of coix seed oil, a Chinese CAM, on pain and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer.

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

A study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress explored whether aromatherapy and reflexology can ease anxiety and pain for patients undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer.



Acrylamide in Food and Cancer Risk (Fact Sheet)

Acrylamide in Food and Cancer Risk (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet explores the possible cancer risks caused by the chemical acrylamide in foodstuffs and consumer goods.

High-Quality Diet Associated With Lower Mortality in Cancer Survivors

High-Quality Diet Associated With Lower Mortality in Cancer Survivors

Compared with a poor-quality diet (lowest-quartile HEI score), a high-quality diet correlated with a reduced risk of overall and cancer-specific mortality.

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Wearable activity monitors offer oncology care teams an unbiased glimpse into patients' health behaviors and improved reports on performance status.



Too Much Physical Activity During Therapy for Pediatric ALL Decreases Cognitive Function

Too Much Physical Activity During Therapy for Pediatric ALL Decreases Cognitive Function

Using a longitudinal parallel-process model, researchers evaluated the impact of physical activity on symptoms, physical activity, and cognitive function in children with ALL undergoing chemotherapy.

High-Quality Diet Associated With Lower Mortality in Cancer Survivors

High-Quality Diet Associated With Lower Mortality in Cancer Survivors

Compared with a poor-quality diet (lowest-quartile HEI score), a high-quality diet correlated with a reduced risk of overall and cancer-specific mortality.

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Fitness Wearables Are Finding a Place in Oncology Care

Wearable activity monitors offer oncology care teams an unbiased glimpse into patients' health behaviors and improved reports on performance status.



Hypnosis: A Comparison of the Efficacy of an Intervention Across Patient Populations

Hypnosis: A Comparison of the Efficacy of an Intervention Across Patient Populations

Researchers sought to determine if men with prostate cancer would derive the same benefits from hypnosis as women with breast cancer. Their results highlight significant differences in what is helpful for men vs women.

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

Mindfulness-based interventions are proven effective in helping patients with cancer manage distress and other psychological symptoms. In this study, researchers sought to determine if Internet-based MBCT can be as effective as face-to-face interventions.

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Study presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting determined the feasibility of using a mindfulness intervention to improve quality of life and confidence in advance care planning discussions among patient-family caregiver dyads.

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