Complementary and alternative therapies

Complementary and alternative therapies are medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical treatment. Complementary therapies are products or practices that are used along with standard medical treatment, like meditation. Alternative therapies are treatments that are used instead of standard medical treatment, like using a homeopathic treatment in place of what an oncologist suggests. 

Complementary and alternative therapies have not gone through the same research and testing that standard medical treatments have. 

Many people explore using complementary or alternative therapies during their cancer journey. People may use these therapies to cope with their symptoms or side effects, help with stress or to try to treat their cancer.

It is important that you make a safe and informed choice about complementary or alternative therapies. Some complementary therapies can interact in a harmful way with your standard cancer treatment. Please share your questions and decisions with your cancer care team before trying anything new. This will ensure nothing interferes with your safety and wellbeing.

For more information about complementary and alternative therapies, use the related resources on the right side of this page.