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.


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.

Goshajinkigan May Not Prevent Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer

Goshajinkigan May Not Prevent Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer

Evidence from previous studies for patients with ovarian and endometrial cancers has suggested that goshajinkigan may treat and prevent CIPN.



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.

Increased Nut Consumption May Reduce Colon Cancer Recurrence, Death

Increased Nut Consumption May Reduce Colon Cancer Recurrence, Death

Investigators conducted a prospective observational study involving patients with stage III colon cancer to examine the correlation of nut intake with cancer mortality.

Association Between Improved Nutritional Status, Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients

Association Between Improved Nutritional Status, Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients

Researchers sought to determine the effect of a standing order set for nutrition and assessment of hospitalized patients. Results were presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.



Physical Inactivity Linked With Increased Risk of Hodgkin, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Physical Inactivity Linked With Increased Risk of Hodgkin, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

In a case-control study using PEDS data, researchers determined the impact of inactivity on risk for Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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.

Exercise, Fitness Significantly Decrease After Advanced Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Exercise, Fitness Significantly Decrease After Advanced Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Using MVIC and 6MWT, researchers sought to determine if patients' exercise behaviors changed after a diagnosis of advanced lung cancer.



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.

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.

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