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

  • Updated: 03/07/2013

Talk with Your Doctor Before You Use CAM

Some people with cancer are afraid that their doctor won't understand or approve of the use of CAM. But doctors know that people with cancer want to take an active part in their care. They want the best for their patients and often are willing to work with them.

Talk to your doctor to make sure that all aspects of your cancer care work together. This is important because things that seem safe, such as certain foods or pills, may interfere with your cancer treatment.

What questions should I ask my doctor about CAM?

What types of CAM might:

  • Help me cope, reduce my stress, and feel better?
  • Help me feel less tired?
  • Help me deal with cancer symptoms, such as pain, or side effects of treatment, such as nausea?

If I decide to try a CAM therapy:

  • Will it interfere with my treatment or medicines?
  • Can you help me understand these articles I found about CAM?
  • Can you suggest a CAM practitioner for me to talk to?
  • Will you work with my CAM practitioner?