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Alternative and complementary therapies don’t treat the cancer itself; they’re used in addition to standard, conventional medical treatments. They can reduce your symptoms and improve your overall health and well-being.


For some patients, complementary therapies can help ease the symptoms and side effects of treatment, including fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss, trouble sleeping, nausea and pain. Complementary therapies can also help with stress.


Examples of alternative therapies are acupuncture, aromatherapy, art therapy, biofeedback, energy medicine, guided imagery, hypnosis, massage therapy, meditation, music therapy, tai chi and yoga.