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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016

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Overview of cancer treatments Stem cell transplant

CAM

(

c

omplementary and

a

lternative

m

edicine)

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 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.

Complementary and alternative medicine