Resources and information for parents of children with cancer . . . by parents of children with cancer.

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Complementary and Alternative Therapies

This section of the ped-onc site has two main categories:

Complementary therapies to conventional cancer treatment, or CT. These therapies are outside the practices of most conventional physcians, but are generally recognized as safe to use along with chemotherapy and radiation. CT can improve the quality of life of the patient, and include therapies like art and music therapy, meditation, reiki, yoga, aromatherapy, and also nutrition and vitamin supplements.

Complementary and alternative therapies, or CAM. These therapies are outside the practices of most conventional physicians and their value has not yet been established in scientific journals - although this is slowly changing. Parents of children with cancer might persue an alternative therapy route if conventional therapy has failed or a proven therapy is not available. Another reason parents might be interested in an alternative therapy is if a friend or relative tells them about a specific alternative therapy that they "just must use!" for their child.

The following links are pertinent to both CT and CAM and you will see them repeated several times in these pages because I consider them very important.

Article in Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2014:

Article in Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2011:

Article in Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 2005:

On the cancer.net web site (was People Living With Cancer web site):

An article on OncoNurse about complementary and alternative therapies. It is thoughtful and informative, and while not cancer-specific, it is nevertheless relevant reading.

Do herbs, vitamins, and antioxidants adversely affect cancer therapies?

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These pages are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to render medical advice. The information provided on Ped Onc Resource Center should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you suspect your child has a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

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