Why would people with cancer be interested in complementary and alternative methods?1

“People with cancer might think about using alternative or complementary methods for a number of reasons:

  • They’d like to relieve the side effects of mainstream cancer treatment without having to take more medicine
  • They are seeking a less unpleasant treatment approach that might have fewer side effects
  • They want to take an active role in improving their own health and wellness
  • They prefer alternative theories of health and disease, as well as alternative treatments

Complementary and alternative methods are often appealing because they use your own body, your own mind, or things found in nature. Some even promise wellness using a way that sounds simple, wholesome, and without side effects – something your doctor can’t offer. Another plus is that these are things that you, and only you, choose to do.

Many of these methods almost never cause physical harm, while others can be dangerous and have even caused deaths. But by definition, complementary and alternative methods that claim to cure cancer are nearly all unproven – methods that are well-proven to safely fight cancer tend to be adopted into mainstream medicine fairly quickly. Still, there are methods that have been studied and shown to help a person feel better during cancer treatment.”

1 What are complementary and alternative methods. (2015) Retrieved September 02, 2015, from http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/ complementaryandalternativemethodsandcancer/complementary-and-alternative-methods-and-cancer-what-are-cam

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