Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Complementary / Alternative Therapies - November 2014 Tweet Chat

This evening we discussed complementary and  alternative medicine (CAM).

"Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used with standard treatment.” via @theNCI
"Alternative medicine refers to treatments that are used instead of standard treatment.” via @theNCI

Examples of complementary therapies include: acupuncture, tai chi, massage, yoga, meditation.

This month we welcomed 26 participants and averaged 10 tweets per participant.  You can find more of our chat statistics here and the transcript here. The questions we used to lead the discussion were:

T1: Are you familiar with complimentary therapies? How do patients hear about? Which have you tried?

T2: Which complementary therapies from your viewpoint seem to be most helpful? Ones to avoid/delay under certain circumstances?

T3A: If you looked into or pursued alternative therapy, pls share your decision process, experience, outcomes.
T3B: What are the provider thoughts when it comes to alternative therapies?

T4: What guidelines/considerations can help patients explore options? Certain therapies providers would feel uncomfortable with? 

Please check below for the resources that were shared during the chat. And remember patients & caregivers are invited to continue our discussion on the Smart Patients platform at .

Christina and I look forward to you joining us on December 10, 2014 for our discussion of "Surviving the Holidays". 


RESOURCES*some links updated 8/2016

@theNCI  Complementary and Alternative Medicine workbook

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements fact sheets:

What do the terms integrative, complementary & alternative mean? from @NIH_NCCIH 

How to talk to your doctor about CAM:

Update (2016) - NCCAM now called National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
NIH- NCCAM National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Society for Integrative Oncology -

Integrative Health NYU -

@CancerCenter Cancer Treatment Centers of America
@AnnieAppleseed Project handout

Newsletter CAM highlights:

Mind-Body Practices in Cancer Care

Cancer Care for the Whole Patient

Updated (2016) Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Women with Gynecologic Cancers 

Updated (2016) Complementary Medicine in Palliative Care and Cancer Symptom Management

Four Reasons to Consider Probiotics With Radiation Therapy

Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Integrative Therapies as Supportive Care in Patients Treated for Breast Cancer -

What Integrative Medicine Is… and Is Not in @AWomansHealth By Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD

Jin Shin - Natural Positive Self Help for People with Cancer

Where to go to find information on specific CAM therapies:
NCI LiveHelp
Medline Plus : for info on CAM therapies.
Search PubMed for Specific CAM articles based on scientific studies
Check credentials under your state's license verification: NYS=

Community Voices: Stories of Survival by @Smart_Patients - Stephanie Sugars

Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care @cancer_connect webinar w/ Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD

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