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Integrative Therapies for Cancer Pathfinder

The terms complementary and alternative are often used interchangeably. However, alternative approaches are not the same as complementary ones. Complementary approaches are those used alongside and in conjunction with your prescribed cancer treatments, while alternative treatments are used in place of traditional or conventional treatments. Integrative therapies are complementary or alternative approaches that are now accepted as standard care.

Internet Resources Books Journal Articles Databases

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Cancer Alternative Therapy
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public. MedlinePlus information is authoritative and current.
Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources for Cancer
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center first developed this database as part of a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It continues to expand and encompass a greater variety of therapies apart from herbals, which was the original focus.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Information Resource: About Herbs, Botanicals and Other Products
Searchable by browsing or by keyword, this site offers a very clear, helpful interface for consumers.
Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Contains information about clinical trials proposed or being conducted into the use of complementary therapies for the treatment of some types of cancer.


American Cancer Society's Complementary and Alternative Cancer Methods Handbook. American Cancer Society. 2002.
Complementary and Alternative Cancer Methods Handbook. American Cancer Society. 2002.
Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe J, ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or online at
Integrative Nutritional Therapies for Cancer. Kumar NB. 2002.
Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy. Boik J. 2001.

Journal Articles

Alternative & Complementary Therapies: A New Bimonthly Publication for Health Care Practitioners. 2002-.
Alternative Medicine Review. 2001-.
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2001-.
"Ancient Medicine, Modern Use: Withania somnifera and Its Potential Role in Integrative Oncology."
Alternative Medicine Review. 11(4):269-277. Winters M. December 2006.
"Effect of Various Natural Products on Growth of Bladder Cancer Cells: Two Promising Mushroom Extracts."
Alternative Medicine Review. 12(1):63-68. Konno S. March 2007.
"Is Flaxseed Safe for Someone with Breast Cancer?" Mayo Clinic Women's Healthsource. 10(4):10. April 2006.
"Pomegranates for the Prostate and the Heart: Seeds of Hope." Harvard Men's Health Watch. 11(9):4-5. April 2007.


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