As a complement to conventional cancer treatment, you may be interested in exploring the duet of integrative medicine, a methodology in which the care team treats the entire person—mind, body and spirit—instead of just the disease. Treatments may involve herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, yoga and further stress reduction techniques. Complimentary therapies grounded in research have proven effective in enhancing the cancer treatment experience.
If you choose to investigate or start using complimentary therapies, we encourage you to share these with your doctor. This allows us to better manage your side effects and ensure that all therapies are working in concert to provide you the best possible outcomes.
For fact-based information on the use of herbs, botanicals and other products alongside traditional remedies, we recommend you check out Memorial Sloan Kettering’s list of Alternative Therapies.