Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer.

  title={Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer.},
  author={Barrie R. Cassileth and Gary Deng},
  journal={The oncologist},
  volume={9 1},
Many cancer patients use therapies promoted as literal alternatives to conventional medical care. Such "alternative" modalities are unproven or were studied and found worthless. These can be harmful. An even greater proportion of cancer patients uses "complementary" therapies along with mainstream cancer treatment. Most are helpful adjunctive approaches that control symptoms and enhance quality of life. This review describes alternative as well as complementary therapies commonly used today by… 

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