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COMPLEMENTARY & INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE News


What Complementary Therapies Can Do for You (October 16, 2015)

By Barrie R. Cassileth, MS, PhD Complementary therapies empower you, the patient. After being diagnosed with cancer, you might feel like you are ceding control to a team of experts—your medical oncologist,... Continue Reading

Cancer treatment quackery fuels concern among doctors, FDA (July 8, 2015)

Be wary of possible side effects, drug interactions when using alternative health supplements, physicians caution One potentially fake cancer drug sold online can actually cause malignancies. One enema... Continue Reading

Yoga Improves Sleep Quality in Cancer Survivors (September 11, 2013)

Cancer survivors who participated in a special yoga program reported better sleep quality and less reliance on sleep medication, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical... Continue Reading

Ginseng Supplements May Relieve Cancer-Related Fatigue (August 14, 2013)

Cancer patients and survivors who took ginseng supplements for two months felt noticeable relief from fatigue, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Fatigue... Continue Reading

Acupuncture May Reduce Lymphedema in Breast Cancer (July 25, 2013)

Acupuncture may be a safe and effective alternative for reducing arm lymphedema in patients with breast cancer, according to the results of a study published in Cancer. For women with early breast cancer,... Continue Reading

High Prevalence of CAM Use Among Thyroid Cancer Patients (November 1, 2010)

Among patients with thyroid cancer, use of complementary and alternative medicine is common, with more than 80% reporting use. These results were presented at the 14th International Thyroid Congress. Complementary... Continue Reading

Fish Oil Linked to Reduction in Breast Cancer Risk (July 9, 2010)

A recent study suggests that regular use of fish oil supplements may reduce the risk of breast cancer. These findings were published in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.[1] Dietary... Continue Reading

Large Study Indicates No Benefit of Shark Cartilage Derivative in Lung Cancer (June 7, 2010)

A randomized Phase III study indicates that the addition of AE-941, a shark cartilage derivative, to standard chemoradiotherapy does not improve survival in patients with unresectable Stage III non–small... Continue Reading

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Common in Pediatric Cancer Patients (April 8, 2010)

Pediatric cancer patients commonly use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a review article recently published in the journal Pediatrics.[1] The landscape of medicine has been dramatically... Continue Reading

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High Use of Alternative Medicine in Senior Cancer Patients (August 31, 2015)

Alternative medicines are widely thought to be at least harmless and very often helpful for a wide range of discomforts and illnesses. However, although they’re marketed as “natural,” they often contain active ingredients that can react chemically... Continue Reading

Cancer treatment quackery fuels concern among doctors, FDA (July 8, 2015)

Be wary of possible side effects, drug interactions when using alternative health supplements, physicians caution One potentially fake cancer drug sold online can actually cause malignancies. One enema machine, purported to treat ovarian cancer under... Continue Reading

Combination of Herceptin® with Non–anthracycline-based Chemotherapy Appears to Be Effective (December 15, 2009)

Among women with early, HER2-positive breast cancer, the addition of Herceptin® (trastuzumab) to adjuvant chemotherapy reduces the risk of cancer recurrence and improves survival. Herceptin provides a benefit in combination with either anthracycline-... Continue Reading

Ayurvedic Medicines from South Asia Found to Have Potentially Harmful Levels of Heavy Metals (January 21, 2005)

Ayurvedic Medicines from South Asia Found to Have Potentially Harmful Levels of Heavy Metals Researchers from Boston have reported that 1 of 5 Ayurvedic herbal medicine products (HMPs) produced in South Asia and available in Boston South Asian grocery... Continue Reading

Herbal Formula for Colon Cleansing Causes Heart Poisoning (April 22, 2003)

Herbal Formula for Colon Cleansing Causes Heart Poisoning According to an article recently published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, an herbal formula marketed for internal cleansing was the cause of heart poisoning when a 36 year old woman... Continue Reading

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Alternative Medical Systems

Acupuncture May Prevent Some Cases of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (October 3, 2005)

Acupuncture May Prevent Some Cases of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting According to a review published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, certain types of acupuncture-point stimulation may relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea or vomiting, but... Continue Reading

Herbal Supplement PC-SPES may Interfere with Chemotherapy Drug Paclitaxel (February 6, 2003)

Herbal Supplement PC-SPES may Interfere with Chemotherapy Drug Paclitaxel A recent article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that the herbal supplement PC-SPES appears to interfere with the anticancer activity of... Continue Reading

Acupuncture Palliates Xerostomia after Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers (March 14, 2002)

Acupuncture Palliates Xerostomia after Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers According to results recently published in Cancer, acupuncture appears to reduce the severity of radiation-induced xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients. The... Continue Reading

PC-SPES and SPES Herbal Supplements Recalled (March 7, 2002)

PC-SPES and SPES Herbal Supplements Recalled According to recall notices issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the California Department of Health Services (DHS) and BotanicLab, consumers should immediately stop using PC-SPES and SPES... Continue Reading

Electroacupuncture Reduces Chemotherapy-Related Vomiting (February 25, 2002)

Electroacupuncture Reduces Chemotherapy-Related Vomiting Electroacupuncture treatments combined with anti-nausea medication may reduce vomiting in patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy, according to a study recently published in The Journal... Continue Reading

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Biologic-Orthomolecular Therapies

Alpha-Tocopherol and Beta-Carotene Supplementation: A Post-Intervention Follow-Up (August 22, 2003)

Alpha-Tocopherol and Beta-Carotene Supplementation: A Post-Intervention Follow-Up According to an article recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, alpha-tocopherol appears to significantly reduce the risk of prostate... Continue Reading

Zinc Supplements May Increase the Incidence of Prostate Cancer (August 22, 2003)

Zinc Supplements May Increase the Incidence of Prostate Cancer According to results published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Harvard Medical School have reported that high... Continue Reading

Updated Analysis Suggests Selenium's Anticancer Effects Limited to Patients with Low Selenium Levels (April 29, 2003)

Updated Analysis Suggests Selenium's Anticancer Effects Limited to Patients with Low Selenium Levels According to an article recently published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention, new data from an extended follow-up of... Continue Reading

Pilot Study Suggests Lycopene Supplementation May Benefit Localized Prostate Cancer Patients, But More Research Needed (April 29, 2003)

Pilot Study Suggests Lycopene Supplementation May Benefit Localized Prostate Cancer Patients, But More Research Needed According to an article recently published in Experimental Biology and Medicine, lycopene supplementation prior to surgery... Continue Reading

Fish Oil Appears Ineffective for Anorexia/Cachexia in Advanced Cancer Patients (April 22, 2003)

Fish Oil Appears Ineffective for Anorexia/Cachexia in Advanced Cancer Patients According to an article recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, fish oil does not appear effective at reducing anorexia or cachexia experienced by... Continue Reading

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Cancer treatment quackery fuels concern among doctors, FDA (July 8, 2015)

Be wary of possible side effects, drug interactions when using alternative health supplements, physicians caution One potentially fake cancer drug sold online can actually cause malignancies. One enema machine, purported to treat ovarian cancer under... Continue Reading

Women&Cancer Magazine Features Paula Zahn on Spring 2008 Cover (March 27, 2008)

Women&Cancer Magazine Features Paula Zahn on Spring 2008 Cover March 17, 2008 Press Contact: Diana Price chweaver@omnihealthmedia.com (208) 727-2108, ext. 202 March 17, 2008-Zahn Appears on Women&Cancer cover,... Continue Reading

Cancer Patients Do Not Report Use of Complementary and Alternative Treatments (October 25, 2005)

Cancer Patients Do Not Report Use of Complementary and Alternative Treatments According to results presented at the 47th annual meeting of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), nearly half of cancer patients use complementary... Continue Reading

Religiosity Associated With Complementary Medicine Use in Pediatric Oncology Patients (August 22, 2003)

Religiosity Associated With Complementary Medicine Use in Pediatric Oncology Patients According to an article recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, pediatric oncology patients often use complementary and alternative... Continue Reading

Factors Associated with CAM Use By Localized Prostate Cancer Patients (August 22, 2003)

Factors Associated with CAM Use By Localized Prostate Cancer Patients According to an article recently published in the Journal of Urology, few men start using CAM as a result of a prostate cancer diagnosis, but those that do, usually fail to... Continue Reading

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Herbal/Plant Therapies

Cancer treatment quackery fuels concern among doctors, FDA (July 8, 2015)

Be wary of possible side effects, drug interactions when using alternative health supplements, physicians caution One potentially fake cancer drug sold online can actually cause malignancies. One enema machine, purported to treat ovarian cancer under... Continue Reading

Ginseng Supplements May Relieve Cancer-Related Fatigue (August 14, 2013)

Cancer patients and survivors who took ginseng supplements for two months felt noticeable relief from fatigue, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Fatigue is one of the most common side effects... Continue Reading

Some Chinese Herbs Reduce Nausea Associated with Chemotherapy (April 3, 2007)

Some Chinese Herbs Reduce Nausea Associated with Chemotherapy According to an article recently published in the Annals of Oncology, treatment with Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), as prescribed by a Chinese herbalist, may significantly reduce nausea associated... Continue Reading

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Increase Effectiveness of Lung Cancer Chemotherapy (January 20, 2006)

Chinese Herbal Medicine May Increase Effectiveness of Lung Cancer Chemotherapy A combined analysis of 34 studies suggests that Astragalus-based Chinese herbal medicine may increase the effectiveness of platinum-based chemotherapy regimens for advanced... Continue Reading

Recent Trends in Use of Herbal and Other Natural Products (March 2, 2005)

Recent Trends in Use of Herbal and Other Natural Products According to a study recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the popularity of herbal remedies and other natural products has varied over time and usage varies according to sex... Continue Reading

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Manipulative and Body-Based Methods

Yoga Improves Sleep Quality in Cancer Survivors (September 11, 2013)

Cancer survivors who participated in a special yoga program reported better sleep quality and less reliance on sleep medication, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Sleep problems and fatigue are among the... Continue Reading

Effects of Exercise on Breast Cancer Patients Following Conventional Cancer Treatment (April 3, 2003)

Effects of Exercise on Breast Cancer Patients Following Conventional Cancer Treatment According to an article recently published in Psychooncology, patients were less likely to exercise following treatment for breast cancer and when they did,... Continue Reading

Exercise Reduces Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment (February 10, 2002)

Exercise Reduces Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment Physical exercise can help to reduce some of the negative side effects of breast cancer treatment, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Breast cancer... Continue Reading

Lifelong Physical Activity Reduces Breast Cancer Risk (February 10, 2002)

Lifelong Physical Activity Reduces Breast Cancer Risk Women who maintain consistently high activity levels throughout their lives have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than their inactive counterparts, according to the results of a study... Continue Reading

Lack of Physical Activity Appears to Increase Risk for Colorectal Cancer (February 7, 2002)

Lack of Physical Activity Appears to Increase Risk for Colorectal Cancer Persons who have a low level of physical activity have an increased risk for developing cancers of the colon and rectum, according to researchers from Switzerland. This news... Continue Reading

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Mind-Body Interventions

Meditation versus Pain, Anxiety, and Fatigue during Breast Cancer Biopsy (May 31, 2016)

By Helen Young Elsewhere in breast cancer news, meditation has been found to reduce symptoms of anxiety, tiredness, and pain for women having a breast cancer biopsy. Image-guided needle biopsies are highly efficient at diagnosing breast cancer, yet they... Continue Reading

Clinical Hypnosis May Benefit Pediatric Oncology Patients Undergoing Lumbar Punctures (August 22, 2003)

Clinical Hypnosis May Benefit Pediatric Oncology Patients Undergoing Lumbar Punctures According to an article recently published in The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, hypnosis appears effective in reducing pain and... Continue Reading

Laughter May Boost Immune System (April 22, 2003)

Laughter May Boost Immune System According to an article recently published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, laughter may reduce stress and increase natural killer cell levels, a type of white blood cell that attacks cancer cells. Many... Continue Reading

No Evidence That Coping Styles Influence Cancer Outcomes (March 21, 2003)

No Evidence That Coping Styles Influence Cancer Outcomes According to a recent article published in the British Medical Journal, the coping attitude a patient has towards his/her cancer does not appear to affect overall survival or the likelihood... Continue Reading

Online Support Groups May Benefit Breast Cancer Patients (March 21, 2003)

Online Support Groups May Benefit Breast Cancer Patients According to a recently published article in the journal Cancer, breast cancer patients reported experiencing benefits from participating in online support groups. This may be especially... Continue Reading

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Nutrition and Special Diets

Don’t Let Cancer Derail Dinner (April 19, 2010)

Find the time—or ask a friend—to prepare healthy meals in spite of cancer. By Laurie Wertich With or without cancer, managing family life today is often a juggling act. Between soccer practice, piano lessons, carpools, homework, laundry, grocery shopping,... Continue Reading

Vitamin E and Vitamin C Supplementation Do Not Appear to Prevent Cancer (November 24, 2008)

Vitamin E and Vitamin C Supplementation Do Not Appear to Prevent Cancer Long-term supplementation with vitamin E and vitamin C may not prevent cancer, according to data from the Physician’s Health Study II that was presented at the American Association... Continue Reading

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Do Not Reduce Risk of Cancer (January 25, 2006)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Do Not Reduce Risk of Cancer According to an article recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids does not protect against the development of cancer. The American... Continue Reading

High Doses of Vitamin E Associated with Increased Mortality (January 28, 2005)

High Doses of Vitamin E Associated with Increased Mortality According to a recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, high doses of daily vitamin E appear to be associated with higher risks of mortality. The use of vitamins and various dietary... Continue Reading

Low-Fat Pre-Teen Diet Linked to Lower Levels of Hormones Associated with Adult Breast Cancer (August 14, 2003)

Low-Fat Pre-Teen Diet Linked to Lower Levels of Hormones Associated with Adult Breast Cancer According to a recent article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, adolescent girls who eat a low-fat diet have lower levels of... Continue Reading

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