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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015


Overview of cancer treatments Complementary and alternative medicine

Complementary and alternative




omplementary and





is a group of treatments that aren’t often given

by doctors. Doctors don’t use these treatments

often because they haven’t been shown to be

effective by clinical trials. 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 in clinical trials. If there was good proof

that CAMs or other treatments cured cancer, they

would be included in this book.

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 medical treatments work.