So much has been written about Complementary and Alternative methods in Cancer but in most cases, the evidence for efficacy and safety is lacking.

Though the lack of proof does not mean the absence of efficacy, good medicine and common sense dictates that the modality should be safe and effective.

The best way to determine this for now is through the scientific method which from the perspective of evidence based medicine is a well done randomized clinical trial.

Anything less would be a leap of faith. This is not bad by itself except that some of the modalities have no effect, are harmful and are expensive.

We need more studies done in approaches which are presently considered complementary and alternative so that they may be part of good medicine in the future.

Click on the button below for the downloadable pdf file “Complementary and Alternative Methods in Cancer”, from the American Cancer Society.