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.


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.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices of Lymphoma Survivors in South Korea

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices of Lymphoma Survivors in South Korea

A study from South Korea determined the prevalence and type of CAM practices lymphoma survivors used for various purposes including ease symptoms, augment treatment, boost immunity, and gain a sense of control.

Acupuncture Benefits Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain

Acupuncture Benefits Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain

Acupuncture may represent an effective adjuvant therapy in the management of joint pain associated with aromatase inhibitor treatment in postmenopausal women with breast cancer.



Counseling Intervention That Improved CHD is Applied to Cancer Risk in Men

Counseling Intervention That Improved CHD is Applied to Cancer Risk in Men

Researchers merged data from the Oslo diet and antismoking study with data from the Cancer Registry of Norway and the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry to determine if lifestyle changes that improved CHD rates in men would be as effective against cancer.

Low-fat Diet May Improve Overall Survival in Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer

Low-fat Diet May Improve Overall Survival in Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer

In a follow-up to the Women's Health Initiative study, researchers determined the effect of a low-fat diet on overall survival after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Following ACS Guidelines Shown to Improve Outcomes for Colon Cancer Survivors

Following ACS Guidelines Shown to Improve Outcomes for Colon Cancer Survivors

A prospective study assessing the outcomes of a cohort of participants in the CALGB 89803 study determined the effect of following the American Cancer Society guidelines on survival for persons with colon cancer.



Vigorous Exercise Improved Life Expectancy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers

Vigorous Exercise Improved Life Expectancy for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers

Researchers report on a retrospective cohort analysis that evaluated the long-term effects of vigorous exercise for survivors of childhood cancer.

Walking Program Improved Physical Function, But Not Fatigue, After RT for Breast Cancer

Walking Program Improved Physical Function, But Not Fatigue, After RT for Breast Cancer

In a multicenter phase 2 study, the Walk With Ease program was evaluated for its effectiveness in reducing radiotherapy-associated fatigue vs usual care in older patients with breast cancer. Results were presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

Which organizations recommend incorporating physical activity into cancer care and why?



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.

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.

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