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Thinking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Guide for People With Cancer

  • Updated: 03/07/2013


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM)

  • Oversees NCI's projects in CAM
  • Funds cancer CAM research
  • Provides information about CAM to health providers and the public.

Cancer Information Service (CIS)

  • Provides help finding NCI information on the Internet
  • Answers questions about cancer
  • Provides printed materials from NCI
  • Gives referrals to clinical trials and other cancer-related services.
    Chat online: LiveHelp
    Toll-free: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

  • Funds CAM research
  • Evaluates and provides information about CAM to health providers and the public.
    Toll-free: 1-888-644-6226
    TTY: 1-866-464-3615

National Library of Medicine

  • The Directory of Information Resources Online (DIRLINE) contains locations of and information about a number of health organizations, including those that focus on CAM.
  • Medline Plus provides access to reliable health information, including articles, organizations, directories, and answers to health questions.
  • PubMed has a free and easy-to-use search tool for finding scientific articles on CAM.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Oversees safety of drugs and medical devices
  • Provides information on many issues, including vitamins and pills
  • Informs people about how to look for health fraud.
    Toll-free: 1-888-463-6332

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Provides information about consumer protection laws
  • Provides information about false advertising for foods and drugs.
    Toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
    TTY: 1-866-653-4261

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