As you begin to move through or complete treatment, you may seek ways to lessen physical and emotional side effects. More and more people are adding complementary therapies to conventional treatment. They are adopting an integrative medicine approach to overall care.
Complementary and integrative medicine, or CIM, is the term used to describe complementary therapies used to ease side effects, such as anxiety and fatigue, caused by conventional cancer treatment. Integrative medicine is a medical treatment plan that uses both conventional and complementary therapies to treat cancer and its effects.
You may already be familiar with some complementary therapies, like yoga, tai chi or acupuncture, because they are widely available. Some you may have tried before you were diagnosed with breast cancer, either as a form of exercise or to cope with daily stress. Others may be new to you.
In this section, you will learn more about complementary therapies available in cancer and community centers or in private practice settings. For more details about what you can find in this section, look at the navigation on the left.