Virtual Conference

Track: Cancer: Complementary & Alternative Treatments

Cancer: Complementary & Alternative Treatments


Complementary and alternative treatments refer to diverse therapies and practices that are used alongside conventional medical treatments to support cancer care. These treatments are aimed at improving well-being, managing treatment side effects, and enhancing quality of life for cancer patients. While some complementary and alternative therapies have shown promise in certain areas, it is important to approach them with caution and discuss them with healthcare providers to ensure safety and effectiveness. Complementary treatments are used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments. These may include practices like acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, meditation, and nutritional supplementation. These therapies can help manage symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stress, and nausea, and can contribute to a patient's overall well-being and quality of life. Alternative treatments, on the other hand, are used instead of conventional medical treatments. These treatments are not scientifically proven or accepted as mainstream cancer therapies. Examples of alternative treatments include specific diets, herbal remedies, and various forms of energy healing. It is crucial to note that alternative treatments should not replace evidence-based medical care, and relying solely on alternative treatments can have serious consequences for cancer patients. Integrative oncology is an emerging field that aims to combine the best of both conventional and complementary approaches to cancer care. It involves a coordinated and individualized approach that incorporates evidence-based complementary therapies alongside conventional treatments. Integrative oncology seeks to address the whole person, including physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects, to optimize patient outcomes and well-being. While some complementary therapies have demonstrated positive effects in specific areas, it is important to approach them with caution. Scientific research is ongoing to evaluate the safety and efficacy of these treatments, and not all complementary and alternative therapies have been rigorously studied or proven effective. It is crucial for patients to consult with their healthcare team before incorporating any complementary or alternative treatments into their cancer care plan.
·        Aromatherapy
·        Ayurveda
·        Art & Music Therapy
·        Homeopathic Medicines
·        Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry