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.

The difference between complementary and alternative therapies (CAMs)

There is an important difference between a complementary therapy and an alternative therapy.

Why people use complementary or alternative therapies

There are a number of reasons why people use complementary or alternative therapies.

Where you can go to have complementary therapies

Find out where you can go to have complementary therapies.

The safety of complementary and alternative therapies

Some therapies may be harmful or could interact with other treatments you're having. Talk to your doctor before starting any complementary or alternative therapy.

Last reviewed: 
30 Apr 2018
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