NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - page 52

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Version 1.2014
Part 6: Overview of cancer treatments
Complementary and alternative medicine
You may hear about other treatments from your
family and friends. They may suggest using CAM
(
c
omplementary and
a
lternative
m
edicine). CAM
is a group of treatments that aren’t often given by
doctors. There is much interest today in CAM for
cancer, and many CAMs are being studied to see
if they are truly helpful.
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 booklet.
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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