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Part 5: Treatment with cancer drugs
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Ovarian cancer
Version 1.2013
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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. 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.
Definitions:
Abdomen:
The belly area
between the chest and
pelvis
Anemia:
A health condition
in which the number of red
blood cells is low
Fatigue:
Severe tiredness
despite getting enough
sleep that limits one’s
ability to function
Kidneys:
A pair of organs
that filter blood and remove
waste from the body
through urine
Neuropathy:
A nerve
problem that causes pain,
tingling, and numbness in
the hands and feet
Acronyms:
IP =
Intraperitoneal
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