Complementary therapies include any therapy or medicine that can be added to standard oncological treatments to improve health outcomes. Complementary therapies may even be used in place of standard oncological treatments where the oncologist has decided that the patient will not benefit further from standard treatments.
These therapies include the cancer-modified vegan diet, CBD, off label drug protocols, supplementation, acupuncture, massage therapy, and many more
Complementary therapies are based on good science. Alternative therapies are those which rely more on anecdotal evidence. They may work very well or they may not work at all, however in exceptional
circumstances they may be necessary. Both complementary and alternative therapies (referred to as CAMs ) are regularly attacked by sceptics from within the oncology industry with the intent to create doubt. You need to find your way through this chaos.
Research has shown that complementary therapies are popular with cancer patients – and that typically they do not tell their oncologist. I find that disturbing. Cancer patients are actually frightened of their oncologist. This may be dangerous. You need to ensure that there are no conflicts between standard treatments and CAMs. The flip side is that some CAMs, like CBD, improve the effectiveness of standard treatments. I took a pile of research on my choice of CAMs to my oncologist and he was very receptive. I had found the right doctor which helped greatly.
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