A number of people undergoing treatment for cancer turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to support their recovery process.
Acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal medicine and meditation practices are among the therapies that cancer patients find helpful. These can provide stress and pain relief, and can help to control the effects of disease and treatment.
Now, a new review of evidence drawn form a range of studies and clinical trails demonstrates that CAM can play a crucial role in influencing cancer survivorship.
Used in combination with conventional medicine and lifestyle changes, CAM can have “a major effect on survival”.
Dr Moshe Frenkel, MD – founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – said:
“In the academic arena, complementary therapies are known to be used to reduce symptom intensity and improve quality of life during and after cancer treatments.
“There is actually quite good evidence from…