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.


Alternative Medicine Beliefs: How Far Will Cancer Patients Go for Alternative Results?

Alternative Medicine Beliefs: How Far Will Cancer Patients Go for Alternative Results?

The ASCO 2018 Cancer Opinions Survey revealed an almost unbelievable fact about Americans' beliefs regarding cancer care. This report examines the lengths some people with cancer will go to in pursuing a "cure" for their disease.

Integrative Medicine in Childhood Cancer: Practices That Can Help Pediatric Patients

Integrative Medicine in Childhood Cancer: Practices That Can Help Pediatric Patients

A review of studies investigating the safety and efficacy of integrative and complementary medicine practices sought to determine their effects on children with cancer.

Antioxidant Interaction With Cancer Therapy

Antioxidant Interaction With Cancer Therapy

What is the concern with antioxidants and chemotherapy or radiation?



Organic food consumption linked to reduced cancer risk

1. Self-reported consumption of labeled organic foods in a French population was linked to lower rates of cancer development in this prospective cohort study.  Evidence Rating Level: 3 (Average)        Study Rundown: Cancer remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and occupational pesticide exposure has an established environmental risk for the development []

Dietary Habits May Prolong Survival in Patients With Colorectal Cancer

Dietary Habits May Prolong Survival in Patients With Colorectal Cancer

A prospective analysis of diets before and after diagnosis revealed dietary habits among patients with colorectal cancer that may help prolong survival.

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.



Organic food consumption linked to reduced cancer risk

1. Self-reported consumption of labeled organic foods in a French population was linked to lower rates of cancer development in this prospective cohort study.  Evidence Rating Level: 3 (Average)        Study Rundown: Cancer remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide and occupational pesticide exposure has an established environmental risk for the development []

Weight Loss May Cut Breast Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Weight Loss May Cut Breast Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Researchers have linked weight loss with a lower risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women.

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.



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.

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.

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

Music, nature sounds, and the combination of both were effective in decreasing pain and anxiety in patients with cancer on hospice.

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