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Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine. Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. At the IMF, we believe that an informed patient is an empowered patient. However, as is true for all therapies, there are some sites on the Internet that offer information that may be questionable at best. So we have done some research and offer you a list (in no particular order) of sites that we believe provide responsible discussions of and options for CAM therapies. For more information or if you have questions, call the IMF Hotline at (800) 452-CURE (800-452-2873) in the US and Canada between 9 am and 4 pm PST; elsewhere call (818) 487-7455.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

04.24.08   Types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
A basic list of CAM types from the National Cancer Institute

04.24.08   Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM)
The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) was established to coordinate and enhance the activities of the NCI in the arena of complementary and alternative medicine.

04.24.08   National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
NCCAM, at the National Institutes of Health, is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and disseminating authoritative information.

04.24.08   American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society has compiled the guidelines and information to help you think through the issues and make the most informed and safest decision possible about the use of alternative or complementary methods.

04.24.08   New York Online Access to Health (NOAH)
In 1994, four New York City library organizations joined forces to establish a single website to provide end-users a place on the web to reach reliable consumer health information.Librarians and health professionals in New York and beyond find, select, and organize full-text consumer health information that is current, relevant, accurate and unbiased.

11.21.09   Nutritional and Lifestyle Influences on Multiple Myeloma
A discussion about Nutrition and Integrative Medicine treatments such as Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Massage, Mind/Body Medicine

04.24.08   Complementary & Alternative Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic
Find information on complementary and alternative medicine and therapies.

04.24.08   Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER) at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Educational resources for health care professionals and patients regarding the current understanding of complementary medicine and, where appropriate, to assist in the integration of these medicines and therapies with conventional treatments.

04.24.08   Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) on ASCO's Cancer.net
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a term used to describe a diverse group of treatments, techniques, and products that are not considered conventional medicine. A conventional treatment has been scientifically tested, found to be safe and effective, and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).