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Complementary therapy reading list

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This page gives details of a selection of books, leaflets and other resources about complementary therapies. There is information about


Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers

You can find a list of books about cancer, treatments, and living with cancer on our general reading list.

Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine
Professor Edzard Ernst
Oxford University Press, USA, 2008
ISBN-10: 0199206775
This book gives evidence based information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in an easily accessible way. It is aimed at helping hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, medical students and other healthcare professionals to advise patients about these treatments but will be of interest to many patients. It discusses the many issues surrounding the use of complementary and alternative therapies.

The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care: Essential Information for Patients, Survivors and Health Professionals.
Barrie R Cassileth
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA
World Scientific Publishing Co.Ltd, 2011
ISBN-10: 9814335169
This book enables cancer patients to to make informed decisions about the use of complementary therapies to manage physical and emotional symptoms and promote general wellbeing. It also gives clear information about the risks of using unproven therapies as an alternative to conventional treatments.

Complete Guide to Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies (2nd Edition)
American Cancer Society, 2007
ISBN-10: 0944235719
This guide from the American Cancer Society gives detailed information about more than 200 complementary and alternative therapies, based on the best medical evidence available. 


Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

I've got nothing to lose by trying it
From Sense About Science, this guide was produced with support from Cancer Research UK. It aims to help you weigh up claims about cures and treatments for medical conditions. It shares things you can do, from getting involved in clinical trials to finding good evidence based information.

Cancer and complementary therapies (also on CD)
From Macmillan Cancer Support or by telephone on 0800 500 800

Complementary therapies
From Breast Cancer Care
You can download the guide from the Breast cancer Care website


Medical journals about complementary therapies

Although these journals are generally aimed at health professionals working in the complementary therapy field, you may find it useful to know what is available.

Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Published 4 times a year, this journal is a valuable resource for people seeking information about the use of complementary therapies.

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Published twice a month, this journal includes reports on complementary and alternative therapies that are of interest or are being researched.

Integrative Cancer Therapies
This journal reports on the scientific understanding of alternative and complementary therapies.

General medical journals also publish literature about research into complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Our page on finding further information on complementary and alternative therapies has more information about these journals.


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Updated: 30 October 2014