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Complementary and Alternative Therapy

Complementary and Alternative Therapy is a group of diverse medical and health care system, practices and products that are not presently considered part of conventional medicine.

Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine. Alternative medicine  is used in place of conventional medicine. 

Complementary therapies may include:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Massage therapy 
  • Support groups and educational programs
  • Support therapies – art, music, writing and pet 

Complementary and Alternative Therapy Considerations

Many people say complementary and alternative therapy helps them feel better. However, these types of therapies may:

  • Change the way standard treatment works
  • Be harmful when used with conventional treatment or when used alone 
  • Be expensive 
  • Not be covered by health insurance

Many complementary and alternative therapy approaches are used by a large percentage of people with cancer. If you are considering complementary and alternative therapy therapies, talk with your doctor. 

  • Inform all of your health care providers about any therapies you are using or considering to ensure a safe and coordinated course of care.
  • The same scientific evaluation used to assess conventional approaches should be used to evaluate complementary and alternative therapy therapies. 
  • The National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine are sponsoring or co-sponsoring various clinical trials to study complementary and alternative therapy treatments for cancer patients.


Content Updated: May 11, 2016

These Atrium Medical Center locations offer Cancer Care Services.
Cancer Care at Atrium Medical Center
501 Atrium Dr. Middletown, OH  45005
Gynecology at Atrium Medical Center
200 Medical Center Dr. Fourth Floor Middletown, OH  45005
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