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Non-conventional cancer care

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Non-conventional cancer care

The role of CAM in clinical cancer care

CAM often comes up when patients have little hope, or treatment options are limited. CAM sounds very attractive to patients, who often have little experience with evidence-based medicine and are unable to clearly differentiate it from pseudoscience. CAM in clinical cancer care should not be ignored, as patients can easily find emotionally appealing information about these treatments online.

What is CAM?

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses medical products and practices that are not part of standard treatment, thus non-conventional treatments. ‘Complementary medicine’ concerns treatments used alongside standard therapies, and ‘alternative medicine’ is used in place of standard therapies.

Scientific facts

Several complementary treatments have been proven to help manage symptoms and improve overall quality of life.  

No alternative treatment has been scientifically proven to effectively treat or cure cancer.

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ACF’s view on non-conventional treatment

  • Clinics should provide independent and correct information about CAM and clearly set patient expectations regarding its effectiveness.

  • The use of CAM is a patient’s personal decision. If research and clinical trials have not proven them safe or effective, clinicians must clearly state this.

  • CAM may be dangerous, cause life-threatening side effects or reduce the chance of benefit through standard treatments because of interruption or delay.

Our history in non-conventional cancer research

Our trials in non-conventional cancer care

Breast cancer & non-conventional treatments

GcMAF: a story of exploitation and lies

The Anticancer Fund accepts the responsibility of flagging the abuse of alternative medicine, especially when evidence is pseudoscientific and deceitful. We condemn false cancer research driven by profit, power or belief systems. Therapy details, results and analyses of safety and toxicity are expected to be publicly and transparently reported for acceptable medical judgement.

Questions?

You can always get in touch with the Anticancer Fund if you have questions about CAM. We provide independent information and help patients interpret the true value of these options in cancer treatment. This information is free. Learn more about what we do for patients.

Clinicians may also freely contact us. Sharing our research and reviewing work supporting your daily patient contact or in-depth questions are important to us. Learn more about what we do for clinicians.