Complementary and alternative therapies

Find out about complementary and alternative therapies (CAMs) in cancer care, including what these therapies are, how they are used, current research, and information about individual therapies. Read about the risks of using alternative therapies.

About complementary and alternative therapies

Find out what complementary therapies and alternative therapies are, why people with cancer might use them and whether they are safe.

Finding a therapist

For your safety, it is very important to make sure that any complementary therapist you see has the necessary training and qualifications.

The cost of complementary and alternative therapies

Complementary therapies may be available free of charge or you might need to pay. Find out more.

Information on the web

Many people use the internet to get medical information that can affect their treatment choices. It is vital to make sure you get information about complementary and alternative therapies from reliable and professional organisation websites.

What to ask your doctor

Here are some suggestions for questions you might want to ask your doctor about complementary and alternative therapies.


Research into complementary and alternative therapies is important so that we know if they are safe to use, whether they work, and to find out if they interact with conventional cancer treatments.

Individual therapies

Find detailed information and research into some of the many different complementary and alternative therapies used by people with cancer.

Resources and organisations

Find organisations, support groups, books, websites and other resources about complementary and alternative therapies.

Last reviewed: 
04 Jul 2019
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