Principles of complementary and alternative medicine for cancer Chapter uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Disease Management
  • Neoplasms
  • Self Care
  • Telemedicine


  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a general term used to describe techniques as diverse as chiropractic and yoga, iridology and meditation, colonic irrigation and spiritual healing. As such, it resists simple definition. Most published definitions describe CAM simply as practices outside of mainstream care. A more fundamental issue concerns the difference between complementary and alternative approaches. Alternative therapies are used in place of mainstream care. Conversely, complementary therapies are used as adjuncts to mainstream care for symptom management and to enhance quality of life. This distinction is especially important in oncology, where treatment choices can be literally a matter of life and death. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.

publication date

  • December 2006



  • Book Chapter


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/0-387-31056-8_15

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 194

end page

  • 203