Evaluating CAM Therapies

Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C Program Manager, Oncology Social Work

SEPTEMBER 08, 2017

In spite of a beautiful cool blue sky day, I am struggling with our satellite internet today, so will keep this brief. The town of Mt Desert has agreed to allocate some funds to permit broadband internet to come to our isolated part of the island, so we are very hopeful that next summer will be better. It is pretty frustrating for us, but must be a read hardship for people who here all year.

Today's topic is how to consider and evaluate CAME (complementary and alternative) therapies. From Cancer Netcomes this excellent piece:

Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Therapies 

Research shows that some complementary therapies are safe and effective when used with standard cancer treatment. But alternative therapies do not treat cancer. They are also often costly and may be harmful. 

How to evaluate a complementary or alternative therapy 

It is important to fully understand a therapy before combining it with a standard cancer treatment. Here are some things to consider: 

First, discuss all treatment options with your health care team. Make sure the therapy works well with your cancer treatment plan. 

Find out who is recommending this therapy. 

If you find only personal stories and no trustworthy research, the therapy probably does not treat cancer. 

If news or ads about a therapy appear in mass media but not in scientific journals, it is unlikely to help treat cancer. 

If a treatment promises to cure all cancers, the ad is a fraud. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. No one treatment will work for every person or for every type of cancer. Learn more about evaluating cancer information on the Internet.

Read more: http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/integrative-medicine/evaluating-complementary-and-alternative-therapies

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.