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 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.

Acupuncture an Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Acupuncture an Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

A meta-analysis of studies determined the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving cancer-related fatigue in patients with cancer, comparing the alternative treatment with sham acupuncture, typical care, and American ginseng.



Anticancer Properties of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Plant-Based vs Marine-Based

Anticancer Properties of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Plant-Based vs Marine-Based

Researchers compared the association between diets high in plant-based omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) vs those high in marine-based PUFAs and the risk for breast cancer.

Recognizing Reduced Dietary Intake in Hospitalized Patients With Colorectal Cancer

Recognizing Reduced Dietary Intake in Hospitalized Patients With Colorectal Cancer

Analysis revealed factors that contribute to reduced dietary intake among hospitalized patients with colorectal cancer.

Proinflammatory Diet Associated With Increased Colorectal Cancer Risk

Proinflammatory Diet Associated With Increased Colorectal Cancer Risk

Investigators examined correlations between an empirical dietary inflammatory pattern (EDIP) score and colorectal cancer risk.



Exercise Before Lung Cancer Surgery Greatly Reduces Complications

Exercise Before Lung Cancer Surgery Greatly Reduces Complications

Researchers conducted a systematic literature search to identify studies investigating the effectiveness of preoperative exercise on outcomes among oncology patients undergoing surgery.

Chemotherapy-Related Fatigue Linked to Levothyroxine Use in Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy-Related Fatigue Linked to Levothyroxine Use in Breast Cancer

In a secondary analysis of the BEATE and INVEST study, researchers followed a link between levothyroxine use, exercise, and fatigue in women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

Breast Cancer Recurrence and CV Risks Down With Exercise in Survivors

Breast Cancer Recurrence and CV Risks Down With Exercise in Survivors

Exercise intervention was associated with improved z-score and serum biomarkers in obese survivors of breast 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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