Can CAM Treat Cancer?

Last Modified: June 14, 2011


Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

Are CAM treatments to help with side effects or can they also help treat your cancer?


Tony Meadows PhD MT-BC FAMI LPC is Director of Music Therapy at Immaculata University and Music Therapist at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, responds:

There are two different schools of thought. One approach is to consider CAM a primary treatment, although this is not widely accepted. More commonly, CAM approaches are seen as supporting medical care. This may mean that a music therapist works with a patient during chemo to help them manage their anxiety, or that they work with a shiatsu therapist to manage stress and energy levels during radiation.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. See the full transcript from IntegrativeTherapies in Cancer Care.