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What to ask your doctor about complementary and alternative therapies

Nurse and patients talking about cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor about complementary and alternative therapies

  • What are the most commonly used complementary therapies for my symptoms?
  • What are the most commonly used complementary therapies for my treatment side effects?
  • Where can I find information about these therapies?
  • Does this hospital or surgery offer any complementary therapies?
  • Do any of the therapies have side effects?
  • Is it safe to use vitamin and dietary supplements with my cancer treatments?
  • Is it safe to use herbal remedies with my cancer treatments?
  • Where can I find reliable information about complementary and alternative cancer therapies?
  • How do I find a reliable therapist?
  • Can you recommend a therapist?
  • Are there any clinical trials using complementary therapies that I could take part in?
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Updated: 31 December 2012