A wide range of therapies are considered complementary, including natural health products and supplements, diets, exercise, yoga, acupuncture, naturopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Complementary and alternative medicines work best when paired with a healthy lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, maintaining an optimal weight, quitting smoking, and practicing sun safety.
Many people use some form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) during or after cancer treatment. People may use these to address side effects, or improve well being.
Talk with your health care provider if you are using CAM as part of your survivorship wellness plan. Some CAMs can influence the effect of pharmaceutical medications on your body.
For more information about complementary or alternative medicines and cancer see the BC Cancer Library Recommended websites on Complementary and Alternative Therapies.