Complementary and alternative cancer cures would fall under the category of Complementary And Alternative Medicine (CAM). There are defined to be a group of different medical practices and products that are not considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is used in addition to conventional medicine, while alternative medicine is used in place of.
CAM has been on the rise over the years as more people are starting to except the fact that these natural cures can really work. One study, published in the July 2000 issue of the Journal Of Clinical Oncology, stated that 69 percent of 453 people with different types of cancer had at least one or more type of complementary or alternative cure used in their cancer treatment.
To become an accepted therapy or cure, they must go through the same rigorous trials and studies that any therapy or cure would have to go through. A couple of places are funding the research for several studies pertaining to cancer right now. They are The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). They are judged on how safe and effective they are. One of the theories is acupuncture, which is used with chemo patients to help nausea and vomiting, and in surgery patients to help with pain.
If you are interested in learning more about these cures, then you should talk about this with your doctor, and see which ones won't interfere with your current treatment. Some have shown a harmful effect when used or used in addition to conventional treatment, so you should be aware of that, but some have also been shown to be very effective.