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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Complementary or integrative medicine is traditional treatment combined with supportive approaches such as dietary changes and supplements or activities such as yoga and meditation. When deciding if a complementary approach is right for you, be sure to talk with your doctor as some supplements and herbs may interfere with your regular treatment. 

Alternative medicine involves non-traditional therapies used in place of traditional therapies. No alternative medicine approach has been scientifically proven or approved to treat lung cancer. 

Learn about cancer complementary medicine 

Complementary and alternative medicine (American Cancer Society)

What is complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)? (National Cancer Institute)

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) websites (National Cancer Institute)

Society for Integrative Oncology website

Specific approaches  

About herbs, botanicals and other products (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

Dietary supplements factsheets (Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health)

Mind, body and spirit (American Cancer Society)