Jacobs Journal of Cancer Science and Research

Complementary Medicines and Cancer

*Timothy Allen
Department Of Radiation Oncology, Kore University Of Enna Cittadella Universitaria, United States

*Corresponding Author:
Timothy Allen
Department Of Radiation Oncology, Kore University Of Enna Cittadella Universitaria, United States

Published on: 2015-07-26


A great strength of patients uses complementary medicine, which is literally an adjuvant of conventional treatment because complementary medicine is an integrative approach. Conventional treatments have some harmful effects for patients, but many patients are using complementary medicine along with the treatment of mainstream cancer. It has proved to be a successful approach to improve the quality of life (QOL) of patients, by adding satisfaction and improvement in health condition. There are subtypes of the complementary medicine, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Biological based practices, Main-Body medicine, Energy medicine, and Manipulative and Body-Based Practices, available in the market. There are some significant or reliable evidences from previous studies, for the use and benefits of complementary medicines. The conventional treatment for cancer patients can operate quite safely, with the help of complementary medicine and there are some evidences that it reduces fatigue, nausea, pain, anxiety, depression, hormonal treatment, and psychological issues of patients. Physician must provide all the information about type and use of complementary medicine, along with the conventional treatment of cancer, while discussing the course of treatment strategy for better clarity of the patient and for the family.


Complementary Medicine; Traditional Chinese Medicine; Biological-based Practices; Energy Medicine; Main- Body Medicine; Manipulative and Body-Based Practices


Cancer is listed as one of the life threatening disease and it affects one out of every three people, around the globe [1]. Out of eight deaths, one death is due to cancer, which is now becoming a global pandemic [2]. As per FDA 21 CFR 312.81(a), in terms of drug, the complete scenario of this term, “Life threatening” can be defined as “Diseases or conditions, where the likelihood of death is high, unless the course of the disease is interrupted; and diseases or conditions with potentially fatal outcomes, where the end point of clinical trial analysis is survival. The criteria for life threatening, does not require the condition to be immediately life threatening or to immediately result in death. Rather, the subjects must be in a life threatening situation, requiring intervention before review at a convened meeting of the IRB (Institutional Review Board), is feasible” [3]. Cancer diagnosis and treatment protocol is painful not only to the patient, but also to the families [4]. Other additional therapies are under experiments to heal them and to improve their quality of life, in terms of humanizing mind, soul and body. There comes the role of complementary medicine.