NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Colon Cancer - page 33

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Colon Cancer, Version 1.2014
Overview of cancer treatments Clinical trials
Complementary and alternative medicine
You may hear about other treatments from your family and
friends. They may suggest using CAM (complementary and
alternative medicine). CAM is a group of treatments that aren’t
often given by doctors. There is much interest today in CAM for
cancer. Many CAMs are being studied to see if they are truly
Complementary medicines are treatments given along with
usual medical treatments. While CAMs aren’t known to kill
cancer cells, they may improve your comfort and well-being.
Two examples are acupuncture for pain management and yoga
for relaxation.
Alternative medicine is used in place of usual medicine. Some
alternative medicines are sold as cures even though they
haven’t been proven to work. If there was good proof that CAMs
or other treatments cured cancer, they would be included in this
It is important to tell your treatment team if you are using any
CAMs. They can tell you which CAMs may be helpful and which
CAMs may limit how well treatments work.
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