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Complementary and Alternative treatment are different approaches to Breast Cancer treatment. Complementary medicine works in conjunction with conventional treatment like chemotherapy; alternative medicine replaces conventional treatment. Alternative medical systems include Ayurveda and Chinese medicine like acupuncture. Yoga, meditation, and prayer are forms of complementary mind-body interventions.  Taking supplements like Vitamin C or eating dark chocolate for antioxidants are ways get additional nutrients. Chiropractors and massages can alleviate pain.

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There’s no official governmental definition for “natural;” but it’s understood that in dealing with cancer, the term applies to treatment not involving surgery or drugs, often referred to as “alternative treatment.” Whether it’s St. John’s wort taken in pill form, or vinegar drunk straight from the bottle, there are a number of…

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide, answered I was diagnosed with dcis stage 0… Hi - Vagifem IS natural - it's estrogen. Are you scared because you've read…


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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide, answered Tamoxifen & Supplements As PJ says, it is important to check with your doctor about any supplements.  S/he will…


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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide, answered I was diagnosed with breast cancer… Anne, I hear two concerns in your comments.  One is that you hope life…


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PJ Hamel, Health Guide, commented on Something to Worry About? CYP2D6 and… Joyce, I'm so glad you feel better. Sometimes quality of life trumps…




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