Youth Cancer

Complementary and Alternative Treatments

Most of the treatments listed on this site are conventional cancer treatments, which are widely accepted and practised by the mainstream medical community.

But there are also other kinds of cancer treatments, called complementary or alternative therapies.
Complementary therapies

These therapies promote well-being and are often used in conjunction with traditional therapies. They may not cure cancer on their own, but they can certainly help you cope with treatment side effects and improve overall quality of life.
  • Complementary therapies include:
  • acupuncture
  • aromatherapy
  • hypnotherapy/hypnosis
  • massage
  • meditation
  • music therapy
  • relaxation
  • tai chi
  • yoga


Alternative therapies

  • Usually involve exclusive use of other therapies instead of conventional treatments. There is no clinical evidence that these therapies work.
  • By choosing alternative therapies only, patients with early cancer may miss out on conventional treatments that could offer them a cure, and people with advanced cancer may miss out on medicines that could control or reduce their symptoms.
If you are thinking of trying an alternative therapy it is essential to talk to your doctor beforehand.