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Thérapie complémentaire et non conventionnelleTThérapie complémentaire et non conventionnelleComplementary and alternative therapiesFrenchOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodyNANon-drug treatmentPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2018-09-22T04:00:00ZNA000Flat ContentHealth A-ZDe nombreuses personnes pensent à suivre ou suivent déjà des thérapies complémentaires et d'autres non conventionnelles pour aider à traiter ou à prévenir la maladie. Ta famille et toi y avez peut-être pensée aussi. La présente section contient des renseignements pour t'aider à comprendre les thérapies complémentaires et celles non conventionnelles ainsi que des conseils pour t'aider à demeurer en santé.
Complementary and alternative therapiesCComplementary and alternative therapiesComplementary and alternative therapiesEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodyNANon-drug treatmentPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00ZDeirdre Tetzlaff, PT;Bruce Dick, MD 9.3000000000000048.90000000000001325.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Many people think about or use complementary and alternative therapies to help treat or prevent illness. Maybe you or your family have too. This section contains information to help you understand and potentially benefit from complementary and alternative therapies. It also contains tips to help you stay safe if you choose to use them. </p>

 

 

CancerCancerCancerCEnglishOncologyTeen (13-18 years)NANANATeen (13-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00ZLanding PageLearning Hub<p>This learning hub will help you prepare for what to expect during cancer diagnosis and treatment. You will also learn about some of the challenges you might face during treatment, and what you can expect when treatment is complete.</p><p>This learning hub will help you prepare for what to expect during cancer diagnosis and treatment. You will also learn about some of the challenges you might face during treatment, and what you can expect when treatment is complete.</p><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">About cancer</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Have you ever asked yourself why you have cancer or how cancer works? It's important ot remember that cancer is not your fault and happens entirely by chance. In this section you will learn about different types of cancer, what causes cancer in young people, and the differences between healthy cells and cancer cells.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3414&language=English">What is cancer?</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3415&language=English">What causes cancer?</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Types of cancer in young people</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3416&language=English">Types of cancer in young people</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3417&language=English">Brain tumours</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3419&language=English">Gliomas</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3418&language=English">Astrocytomas</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3420&language=English">Leukemia</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3421&language=English">Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3422&language=English">Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3423&language=English">Lymphoma</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3424&language=English">Hodgkin lymphoma</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3425&language=English">Non-Hodgkin lymphoma</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3426&language=English">Bone cancer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3427&language=English">Soft-tissue tumours</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3428&language=English">Malignant melanoma</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3429&language=English">Germ cell tumours</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3430&language=English">Thyroid cancer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3431&language=English">Other types of cancer</a></li></ol></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3432&language=English">How will my cancer affect me now?</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Diagnosing cancer</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;">Cancer diagnosis can be a long process. Learn more about the process doctors use to diagnose cancer, the different tests you might have during diagnosis and treatment, and ways to help you cope whne you find out you have cancer. <p></p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3436&language=English">Diagnosing cancer</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Diagnostic tests</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3437&language=English">Diagnostic tests</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3809&language=English">Cancer tests and anaesthetic</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3438&language=English">Blood tests</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3442&language=English">Scans</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3443&language=English">X-rays</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3444&language=English">CT scans</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3445&language=English">Ultrasound</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3446&language=English">MRIs</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3447&language=English">PET scans</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3448&language=English">Bone scans</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3440&language=English">Biopsies</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3441&language=English">Bone marrow tests</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3439&language=English">Lumbar punctures</a></li></ol></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3449&language=English">Coping with a cancer diagnosis</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Tests during cancer treatment</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3450&language=English">Tests during cancer treatment</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3451&language=English">Kidneys: Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) test</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3452&language=English">Heart tests and cancer treatment</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3453&language=English">Lung tests and cancer treatment</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3454&language=English">Hearing tests and cancer treatment</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3455&language=English">Dental check up and cancer treatment</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Cancer medications</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>It is important to know about cancer medications and how they will affect your body and your life. Find out how cancer medications work, how they are taken, what the possible side effects are, and how to cope with going to school and travelling while on chemotherapy.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Chemotherapy</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3458&language=English">Chemotherapy</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3459&language=English">How does chemotherapy work?</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3460&language=English">Chemotherapy as an outpatient</a></li></ol></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3461&language=English">Receiving cancer medications</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3462&language=English">Managing medications at home</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3463&language=English">Side effects of cancer medications</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3464&language=English">Medication interactions</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3465&language=English">School and chemotherapy</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3466&language=English">Travel and chemotherapy</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3467&language=English">Other issues related to chemotherapy</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Cancer treatments and support therapies</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>In addition to chemotherapy and medications, there are many different treatments for cancer. Learn about consent, the different types of treatments and therapies for cancer, and the side effects you may experience with each one.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3829&language=English">Treatments and support therapies</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3470&language=English">Consent</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Radiation therapy</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3471&language=English">Radiation therapy</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3828&language=English">Special considerations for radiation therapy</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3472&language=English">Types of radiation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3473&language=English">Side effects of radiation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3474&language=English">Cognitive side effects of radiation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3475&language=English">Fertility and radiation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3476&language=English">Skin changes and radiation</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Surgery and cancer</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3477&language=English">Surgery and cancer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3478&language=English">Types of cancer surgery</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3479&language=English">Limb sparing, rotationplasty and amputation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3480&language=English">Post-operative symptoms</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3481&language=English">Managing pain after surgery</a></li></ol></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3482&language=English">Bone marrow transplant</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3483&language=English">Complementary and alternative therapies</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">The health-care team</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>You will see many different health-care professionals throughout your cancer treatment. This section will help you understand the role each person plays in your health care and how they can help you.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3485&language=English">The health-care team</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3486&language=English">Doctor</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3487&language=English">Nurse</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3488&language=English">Nurse practitioner</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3489&language=English">Pharmacist</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3490&language=English">Dietitian</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3491&language=English">Social worker</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3492&language=English">Child life specialist</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3493&language=English">Physiotherapist</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3494&language=English">Occupational therapist</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3495&language=English">Psychologist</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3496&language=English">Psychiatrist</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3497&language=English">Speech-language pathologist</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3498&language=English">School teacher</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3499&language=English">Accessing cancer information online</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Communication and cancer</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Many teens find communication to be a challenge, especially when going through something as big as cancer. Discover how you can become a better communicator, and improve communication with your health-care team, friends, family and others.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3502&language=English">Communication and cancer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3503&language=English">Becoming a better communicator</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3504&language=English">Talking with your health-care team</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3505&language=English">Making the most of your clinic visit</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3506&language=English">Taking part in decisions</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3507&language=English">Talking to your parents about cancer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3508&language=English">Talking to your friends about cancer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3509&language=English">Maintaining relationships during cancer treatment</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3510&language=English">Keeping in contact with school</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3511&language=English">Talking to your employer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3512&language=English">Communicating online</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Managing your symptoms</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Cancer and its treatments can take a toll on your body and cause a range of symptoms. Learn how to cope with the various symptoms and treatment side effects you may experience.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3514&language=English">Managing your symptoms</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3515&language=English">Cancer-related fatigue</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3517&language=English">Nausea and vomiting</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3518&language=English">Pain and cancer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3519&language=English">Loss of appetite</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3520&language=English">Diarrhea related to cancer treatment</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3521&language=English">Sleep problems and cancer</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3516&language=English">Managing other cancer-related symptoms</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Managing stress and emotions</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Stress, worry and anxiety are normal emotions that you may experience throughout cancer treatment. Luckily there are ways to manage them. Find out how to manage stress and anxiety and deal with changes to your self-image.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3537&language=English">Coping with a life-threatening illness</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3524&language=English">Cancer and emotions</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Managing stress and anxiety</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3525&language=English">Stress and anxiety</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3526&language=English">What causes stress and anxiety?</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3527&language=English">Recognizing stress and anxiety</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3528&language=English">Coping with stress and anxiety</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3529&language=English">Stress and thinking</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3530&language=English">Changing unhelpful thoughts</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Coping with physical changes</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3531&language=English">Feeling good about your self</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3532&language=English">Self-image</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3533&language=English">Hair loss</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3534&language=English">Central lines</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3535&language=English">Skin problems</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3536&language=English">After limb surgery</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Relaxation and distraction</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Relaxation and distraction techniques can help you prepare for stressful events and cope with difficult tests, treatments and procedures. Learn how you can use these techniques throughout your cancer treatment.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Relaxation</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3540&language=English">Relaxation</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3541&language=English">Belly breathing</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=2586&language=English">Relaxation with tension</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=2587&language=English">Relaxation without tension</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=2588&language=English">Mini-relaxation</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Distraction</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3546&language=English">Distraction</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3547&language=English">Attention focusing</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3548&language=English">Imagery</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3549&language=English">Mental games</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3550&language=English">Distracting activities</a></li></ol></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3545&language=English">Behaviour rehearsal</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3551&language=English">Meditation</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Self-monitoring and supports</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>In this section, find out how to stick to your treatment plan, why and how to self-monitor for symptoms and side effects when on treatment, and the importance of self-monitoring for late effects when treatment is finished.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>On treatment</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3555&language=English">Your treatment plan</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3556&language=English">Regular appointments</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3557&language=English">Self-monitoring: Recognizing symptoms and side effects</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3812&language=English">The Pain Squad smartphone app</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Off treatment</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3559&language=English">Adjusting to life off treatment </a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3560&language=English">Self-monitoring after cancer treatment</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3561&language=English">Late effects</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3562&language=English">How do I self-monitor for late effects?</a></li></ol></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3563&language=English">Resources and support groups</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Your lifestyle</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p> You can’t always control your cancer, but you can control the choices you make in your everyday life. This section covers many different ways to help you develop healthy lifestyle behaviours in the areas of nutrition, sexuality, exercise, and mental health.</p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3566&language=English">Cancer and your lifestyle</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Physical activity</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3567&language=English">Staying active</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=3568&language=English">Yoga and cancer</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"> <i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Nutrition</h3></div><ol 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Complementary and alternative therapies3483.00000000000Complementary and alternative therapiesComplementary and alternative therapiesCEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)BodyNANon-drug treatmentPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00ZDeirdre Tetzlaff, PT;Bruce Dick, MD 9.3000000000000048.90000000000001325.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Many people think about or use complementary and alternative therapies to help treat or prevent illness. Maybe you or your family have too. This section contains information to help you understand and potentially benefit from complementary and alternative therapies. It also contains tips to help you stay safe if you choose to use them. </p><h2>What are complementary and alternative therapies?</h2><p>Complementary and alternative therapies are health-care systems, practices and products that are separate from conventional therapy. Conventional therapies are the ones recommended by doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and the rest of your health-care team and are based on scientific evidence. Examples of conventional cancer therapies are chemotherapy and radiation. </p><p>Sometimes complementary or alternative therapies are tested scientifically and are proven safe and effective. They may then be considered for use as a part of conventional therapy. </p><h2>What’s the difference between complementary therapy and alternative therapy?</h2><ul><li> <strong>Complementary</strong> therapy is used <strong>with</strong> conventional therapy. It does not try to treat cancer but can help you cope with the conventional treatment or side effects. An example might be using aromatherapy to manage treatment side effects.</li><li> <strong>Alternative</strong> therapy is used <strong>instead</strong> of conventional therapy. An example would be replacing all of your prescribed chemotherapy medications with a special diet and vitamins. </li></ul><h2>Types of complementary and alternative therapies </h2><ul><li>Homeopathic medicine is the treatment of illnesses using very small doses of substances such as plant, mineral or animal extracts. These doses are thought to help the body heal itself.</li><li>Naturopathic medicine is the use of natural (vitamins, herbals, probiotics and so on) and other non-medical remedies to treat illnesses. </li><li>Traditional Chinese medicine includes a range of practices that started in China over several thousand years ago. These practices include herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and Qigong (a type of exercise). </li><li>Ayurveda is an ancient healing practice that started in India. It promotes balance between the mind, body and soul.</li><li>Mind-body medicine includes meditation, hypnosis, yoga and prayer. </li><li>Manipulative include chiropractic, osteopathy, reflexology and massage. Chiropractic treatments focus on adjusting the spine and manipulating the other joints and soft-tissues. Osteopathy involves certain manual and physical treatments to treat back and neck pain. Reflexology uses pressure points in the body to promote healing.</li><li>Energy medicine includes energy field and bio-electromagnetic-based treatments such as magnets. Energy therapies focus on the energy fields thought to exist in and around the body. </li></ul><h2>Dietary supplements and herbal products</h2><p>A dietary supplement contains ingredients that add to your diet. These ingredients may be vitamins, minerals, herbs or other plant materials, amino acids, probiotics or enzymes. Supplements may come in pill, capsule, powder or liquid form. They may be sold in a grocery, health food or drug store. You can also buy them online, through TV sales channels or directly from the company. They might be used as part of naturopathic, homeopathic or Chinese medicine.</p><p>Some dietary supplements have been proven effective for certain conditions. However, many supplements claim to treat or even cure cancer. Unfortunately, there is usually no scientific evidence to support these claims. </p><h2>'Natural' doesn't always mean 'safe'<br></h2><p>There are many safe and effective supplements that come from natural sources such as plants. Many conventional medicines also come from natural sources. However, 'natural' does not always mean 'safe'. Natural products can have side effects too. Some supplements can even harm your body. For example, the herbs kava and comfrey have caused severe liver damage. </p><p>Dietary supplements can be regulated by the government as 'foods'. This means they do not need to meet the same safety and effectiveness standards as medications do. Some supplements can even be toxic or dangerous. Studies have found that many bottles of commonly available supplements: </p><ul><li>did not contain the ingredients listed on the label </li><li>had very little of the active ingredient </li><li>contained dangerous substances such as heavy metals, prescription drugs, or pesticides (chemicals to kill bugs) </li></ul><h2>How can I tell if a complementary or alternative therapy is safe?</h2><p>Not all complementary and alternative therapies are dangerous and many people find them helpful. But to be safe, it’s important that you talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before starting any of these therapies while you are in treatment. </p><p>Some of these therapies may actually interfere with your standard medical treatment by:</p><ul><li>preventing your conventional therapy from working very well</li><li>interacting with your other treatments and causing toxic side effects</li><li>potentially causing side effects that may worsen signs and symptoms of standard treatment</li><li>affecting test results that are used to monitor your cancer</li></ul><h2>For these reasons, it’s very important to keep your health care team informed!</h2><p>You might think that the people on your health-care team don’t want you to try complementary or alternative therapies. Because of this, you might feel uncomfortable talking to them about it. Remember that the people on your health-care team want what is best for you. Share with them the reasons you want to try complementary and alternative therapies; usually you can find a way to work together. </p><p>It is your body and it is your right to choose what you do. At the same time, if your health-care team knows each of the therapies you are doing, they will be better able to help you. They can make sure that a complementary or alternative therapy isn’t interfering with your conventional therapies. </p><h2>Do some research!</h2><p>When you’re considering something as important as your health it’s important to know the facts. You and/or your parent/caregiver should do a bit of research first. Don’t try a therapy because you saw an ad or someone told you that it worked for them. Find out whether scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals support the claims made for that therapy. </p><p>Learn about the treatment's risks, potential benefits and scientific evidence. This is critical to your health and safety. Scientific research on many therapies is relatively new. This kind of information may not be available for every therapy. However, many studies on treatments are under way. Our knowledge and understanding of complementary and alternative therapies is increasing all the time. To find out more about current therapies, check out the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health website: <a href="https://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health">https://nccih.nih.gov/health/integrative-health</a>.</p><p>Here are some tips to help you determine if the website is of good quality. Remember SCREEN!</p><table class="akh-table"><tbody><tr><td> <strong>S</strong> = <strong>S</strong>ource</td><td>Who wrote the information or hosts the website? Check out their credentials. One way to do this, though it’s not 100% accurate, is by looking at the domain. Is the site from the government (.gov), educational (.edu), or from a non-profit organization (.org)? Is the site up to date? What is the last date it was updated?</td></tr><tr><td> <strong>C</strong> = <strong>C</strong>onflict of interest or bias</td><td>Is the site selling or promoting a product or service? If it is, the person or group behind the site might have bias or only show one side of the story.</td></tr><tr><td> <strong>R</strong> = editorial <strong>R</strong>eview process</td><td>Did someone such as an editor or a group of experts read this information and then publish or comment on it? Is there an editorial process or seal of approval? Having a review adds credibility.</td></tr><tr><td> <strong>E</strong> = <strong>E</strong>vidence-based</td><td>Are claims based on scientific research and is there documentation? In other words, can the person or group prove them? If they make a claim, they should show you evidence to back it up. </td></tr><tr><td> <strong>E</strong> = <strong>E</strong>xtreme claims</td><td>Does the site claim 'miracles', 'amazing results' or 'earthshaking breakthroughs'? Any claim that a treatment works for dozens of different problems or leads to 99% improvement is likely to be misleading and driven by a desire to make money. </td></tr><tr><td> <strong>N</strong> = <strong>N</strong>ot related</td><td>Is the information unrelated to or different from what you were told by your health-care provider? If so, you should do more research.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Before you try a therapy</p><ul><li>Talk to your health-care team. Show them the results of your research and get their opinion. Ask them any questions you might still have. They have special training in understanding research studies.</li><li>Find out about the person giving the therapy. What kind of training do they have? How many times has this person given the therapy? Ask whether they belong to an organized group of some kind. A trustworthy therapist will be more than happy to answer these questions for you.</li><li>Find out how much the treatment will cost. Also see if your insurance will cover it! </li></ul><h2>Warning! </h2><p>Beware of alternative medicine practitioners who say they can cure diseases that do not respond to standard medical practice. Sadly, research shows that this is usually not true.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Complementary_and_alternative_therapies.jpg