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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017

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Alternative therapies

are treatments and

techniques that are used instead of standard

treatments such as chemotherapy or

radiation. Some medicine is sold as a cure

even though it hasn’t been proven to work.

If there was solid scientific proof that an

alternative treatment or technique was

effective against cancer, it would be included

in this guideline.

It’s important to tell your treatment team if you are

using—or thinking about using—any complementary

treatments, especially nutritional supplements,

vitamins, or herbs. These therapies can interfere

with some cancer drugs. Your team can tell you

which treatments might be helpful and which can be

dangerous.

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• A clinical trial is a type of research that studies a

test or treatment.

• Surgery is a local form a treatment.

• Radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or

rays to kill cancer cells.

• Chemotherapy, or chemo, is a main systemic

cancer treatment.

• Immune therapies are designed to boost immune

activity.

• Targeted therapies seek out how cancer cells

grow, divide, and move in the body.

• Complementary therapies are meant to be used

alongside standard therapies.

• Alternative therapies are treatments and

techniques that are used instead of standard

treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.

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Understanding your treatment options

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