Understanding Complementary Therapies

Some people with cancer may consider using complementary therapy in addition to standard cancer treatment. This approach is called integrative medicine when it has been discussed with and approved by your health care team. Many people use complementary therapies to:

Talk with your health care team before adding any therapies to your standard treatment. They can help you safely combine the therapies that are right for you.

Type of complementary therapies

Researchers have found that the following complementary therapies can reduce pain and improve well-being:

Talk with a physical therapist or a trainer who works with people with cancer. They can help find the best exercise plan for you.

Discussing complementary therapies with your health care team.

Before starting any complementary therapies, talk with your health care team about which types are best for you. Some therapies may not be suitable to combine with your current treatment.

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