Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Copy this URL Share via Email Dr. Lisa Corbin’s presentation on integrative medicine offered real solutions to patients looking to explore complementary treatments as part of their cancer treatment plans. Dr. Corbin shared which treatments are safe and can offer help with managing side effects and symptoms. She also shared about treatments that are harmful and/or aren’t shown to work. See below for a few highlights of Dr. Corbin’s presentation on CAM: Why do patients use complementary & alternative medicine (CAM)? Some patients report using CAM to feel hopeful (73%), boost immune system (63%), want control (38 - 44%), prevent recurrence (43%) and aid conventional therapy / treat cancer (28 – 38%). How to use CAM Make sure to avoid harmful practices. Don’t overlook lifestyle / self-care changes and strategies. These include: sleep, exercise, mind/body techniques (think meditation and yoga) and nutrition. Consider safe, plausible CAM therapies like herbs and supplements, acupuncture and massage. Therapies to Avoid Colonic hydrotherapy Chelation therapy Ionic foot baths Restrictive diets Some supplements Financial toxicity!(Expensive treatments with little to no benefit) Anything used IN PLACE OF a curative conventional treatment Therapies to Try Lifestyle Sleep Exercise Mind / body techniques Nutrition CAM Approaches Certain Supplements Acupuncture Massage How to talk to your doctor about CAM It is important to talk to your doctor about CAM. The National Cancer Institute has a guide for patients to use on how to talk with your doctor about using these approaches, click here to check it out. Resources CU Integrative Medicine: www.uch.edu/integrativemed NCI (follow links for CAM): www.cancer.gov/cancer_information/ or http://occam.nci.nih.gov ACS: www.cancer.org ASCO patient information: www.PeopleLivingWithCancer.org Nutrition - AICR: www.aicr.org Supplements: http://ods.od.nih.gov/ Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine: www.imconsortium.org NCCAM: http://nccam.nih.gov/ Unanswered Questions There were a couple of questions that were unable to be addressed due to time: Specific supplements and their use (example: Tumeric and FOLFOX) – we are unable to give specific guidance on the effects of a supplement on treatment therapies. This would be an example of when you need to speak with your health care provider and a registered dietician that specializes in oncology. Medical Marijuana, Cannabidiol, Cannabis…etc. – INFORMATION COMING SOON! Fight Colorectal Cancer will be addressing medical marijuana use in cancer patients in upcoming posts and webinars. Stay Tuned! Did you miss the webinar? Check out our webinar archives, you can watch the presentation with audio, just view the slides or listen to it as a podcast! MORE... Check out our Upcoming Webinar Get a copy of Your Guide in the Fight Sign up to get the latest Fight CRC eNews 4 thoughts on “November Webinar Follow-up: Complementary and Alternative Medicine” Great post, thank you Wonderful article! It’s so important to research and review alternative medicines as a method to recovery from an illness. Thanks so much for sharing! Great website and resources. I have already shared with several people who appreciated the information. For someone just getting started with natural health this has been very helpful. Thanks!!! Thanks, Jim! Glad you found it helpful! Comments are closed.