Many Americans use medical treatments that are not part of mainstream medicine. When you are using these types of care, it may be called complementary, integrative, or alternative medicine. This is often referred to as CAM.
The claims that non-mainstream practitioners make can sound promising. However, researchers do not know how safe many of these treatments are or how well they work. Studies are underway to determine the safety and usefulness of many of these practices.
To minimize the health risks of a non-mainstream treatment
Since complementary and alternative medicine can encompass a wide range of practices, this guide will only provide an overview along with tips on how to evaluate CAM. If you would like assistance doing research on a specific CAM practice, please visit the Cancer Resource Library and a staff member would be happy to assist you. You can also reach us at (805) 879-5648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.