Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Health Professionals
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical care. CAM for cancer care involves the patient's mind, body, and spirit, and includes multidisciplinary approaches. Evidence-based complementary medicine modalities may be integrated as part of standard cancer care for all patients across the cancer continuum.
Standard treatments are based on scientific evidence from research studies. Despite claims of promising benefits made by CAM treatment providers, many CAM treatments lack good scientific evidence of their safety and effectiveness. Studies are under way to determine the safety and efficacy of many CAM agents and practices for cancer patients.
NCI has evidence-based PDQ information summaries for the integrative, alternative, and complementary therapies listed below.
- Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
- Cannabis and Cannabinoids
- Cartilage (Bovine and Shark)
- Coenzyme Q10
- Essiac/Flor Essence
- Gerson Therapy
- Gonzalez Regimen
- High-Dose Vitamin C
- Hydrazine Sulfate
- Medicinal Mushrooms
- Milk Thistle
- Mistletoe Extracts
- Newcastle Disease Virus
- Prostate Cancer, Nutrition, and Dietary Supplements
- Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup
- Topics in Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies