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COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS

In addition to the conventional treatments for cancer there has always been a strong movement toward complementary treatments.

We call these other treatments complementary because we believe the patients are best served when they are used in conjunction with traditional treatments.

Under most circumstances we do not believe that relying on unproven, untried therapies alone is in the best interest of the cancer patient.

Before beginning any non-conventional or complementary treatments please talk with your medical team about it. Find out all you can about the treatment involved and ask questions.

British Columbia Cancer Agency website provides information and analysis  for those interested in the objective assessment of "unconventional" therapies. The sections include
a good listing of the peer-reviewed literature, and approximate costs of each therapy. www.bccancer.bc.ca

Read our list of questions to ask before beginning
experimental or unproven treatments.

Examples of some alternative or complementary therapies can include:

  • Alternative therapies: Ancient and Contemporary Healing Methods
    • the mind-body connection
    • eastern approaches to disease
    • principles of ayurveda (body types, balance, and better health)
    • massage, acupressure, and acupuncture
    • aromatherapy
    • art therapy
    • music therapy
    • visualization and meditation (see stress)
    • religion, faith and prayer
    • physiologic effects of laughter (see humor)
  • Herbal and Hormonal Medicine
  • Use of Vitamins and Mineral Supplements, Nutraceuticals and Nutritional Supplements
    (See nutrition)
  • Integrative Therapeutics: Combining the Best of Traditional and Alternative Therapies

Alternative Medicine Links of Interest:

Alternative Medicine, Future Medicine
Alternative Medicine Homepage
Alternative Medicine Resource Guide
Alternative Medicine Holistic and Wellness Sites
Explore Alternative Avenues
Healing
Healing Crow
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine on the Web
Holistic Health
Wellness for Body and Soul

For additional information on these subjects search the web using any of the search engines or directories and use some of the key words above.

Read our resources on
Humor and Stress
as a beginning.

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