Alternative medicine

Complementary and alternative medicine

Books, Movies, and Journaling Help Coping During and After Cancer Treatment

An exploration of complementary therapies that help patients cope during and after cancer treatment.

A cancer patient receives integrative therapy.

Integrative medicine therapies effectively improve the quality of life of patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms

An evaluation of over 2 dozen types of integrative medicine therapies demonstrated that patients with NMP who engaged in these activities improved their negative symptoms and quality of life.

A caregiver reviews a patient's daily therapy.

Social workers are underutilized in cancer pain management

Expertise in the use of non-pharmacological pain management techniques and therapies enables proficiently trained social workers to be an integral part of a multidisciplinary cancer care team.

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Acupuncture and acupressure may help cancer patients control pain

The review also shows a link between acupuncture or acupressure and reducing the use of painkillers.

Essential oils

Management of symptoms caused by hormone therapy

What is the role of essential oils in the management of hot flushes and myalgias in breast cancer patients treated with endocrine therapy?

CBD hemp oil

In search of reliable information on the use of CBD oil in the treatment of cancer

My patients are asking more and more questions about the use of CBD oil for the treatment of cancer. Are there reliable sources of information?

Complementary medication use is common among participants in phase 3 clinical trials

Researchers identify trends in the use of complementary medicine in patients with breast, colorectal or lung cancer while participating in phase 3 clinical trials.

A nurse comforts a patient with advanced cancer.

How effective are popular palliative care modalities for patients with advanced cancer?

An international study investigated whether patients with advanced cancer found massage, aromatherapy and/or reflexology to be effective.

Turmeric consumption may increase

Is turmeric good for you? Here’s what the science says

Is turmeric good for you? We take a look at what the science has to say about its potential role in the fight against cancer, type 2 diabetes, depression and arthritis.

High level of interest, but low knowledge of music-based therapy options

A survey study aimed to determine levels of knowledge and interest of oncology and palliative care nurses regarding music therapy/care.

A patient meditates.

High use of alternative and complementary medicine in cancer patients

A third of cancer patients and survivors use CAM; 29.3% do not disclose the use of CAMs to their doctor

Managing Fatigue and Other Adverse Effects of Breast Cancer with Self-Acupressure

Researchers from the University of Michigan have explored the potential of self-acupressure to help women with breast cancer better manage symptoms such as fatigue, pain and depression.

Alternative medicine

Beliefs in Alternative Medicine: How Far Will Cancer Patients Go to Achieve Alternative Outcomes?

The 2018 ASCO Cancer Opinion Survey revealed an almost unbelievable fact about Americans’ beliefs about cancer care. This report examines how far some people with cancer will go in search of a “cure” for their disease.

A doctor comforts a young patient before chemotherapy.

Integrative medicine in childhood cancer: practices that can help pediatric patients

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

Vitamin C tablets

Antioxidant interaction with cancer treatment

What’s wrong with antioxidants and chemotherapy or radiation therapy?