What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
- Integrative medicine is the combined use of complementary therapy with standard treatment. It can be used to control pain, reduce anxiety, lessen side effects and improve your quality of life. Be sure to discuss participating in CAM with your doctor. You need to know that the therapies will not interfere with your standard lung cancer treatment or cause side effects. You should never stop your standard treatment without consulting with your doctor.
- Alternative therapy is lung cancer treatment used instead of conventional treatment. Most people with lung cancer who use CAM, take the integrative medicine approach. They combine complementary therapies with their standard treatment.
There are many different types of CAM, some of which are listed below.
- Tai Chi
- Therapeutic Touch
Whole Medical Systems
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- Chinese Medicine
- Naturopathic Medicine
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.
Page last updated: October 22, 2021