Complementary & Alternative Therapies

If you are looking for, or already using, complementary or alternative therapies, you are not alone. Indeed, the majority of those who have had a cancer diagnosis use complementary therapies, especially in the post-treatment phase.

Some of these approaches may enhance standard treatments, reduce side-effects, boost the immune system, lead to feelings of well-being, and in other ways contribute to health and quality of life.

We encourage you to share with us your decisions and struggles about complementary/alternative therapies and assure you that your questions will be treated with respect and compassion.

Please let your health care team know if you are consuming herbal products or other supplements to ensure that you are not using something that might interact with your treatments.

It is often difficult to make decisions about alternative or complementary therapies (also known as Unconventional Therapies) because reliable information may be difficult to find and because conventionally trained doctors often do not have expertise in this area.

If you have questions about any complementary or alternative treatments, we offer consultations with CancerCare Manitoba staff, such as the clinical pharmacist.