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Integrative Oncology: Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care

  • Barrie Cassileth
  • Jyothirmai Gubili Email author
Chapter
Part of the Cancer Drug Discovery and Development book series (CDD&D)

Abstract

Many cancer patients experience both physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and cancer treatments. Complementary therapies are gentle, noninvasive techniques that alleviate symptoms. They are offered along with conventional care to improve quality of life. Alternative therapies, on the other hand, are unproved and potentially harmful. They are administered in lieu of mainstream treatment and should be avoided. Healthcare professionals and patients should be aware of this distinction.

Keywords:

Cancer care Complementary therapies Acupuncture Massage Mind–body therapies 

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© Humana Press, a part of Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Integrative Medicine ServiceMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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