New project reports on alleged “CAM” cancer treatments

Posted 10 June 2013

The National Information Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Tromsø, Norway, is now operating a project that reviews alleged “complementary and alternative” cancer treatments. The project—called “Concerted Action for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Assessment in the Cancer Field” (CAM-Cancer)—is funded mainly by the university’s National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM) and Reliable Cancer Therapies (RCT), a non-profit organization that provides research-based information on cancer treatments. The CAM-Cancer Web site has about 60 reports that can be downloaded and freely reproduced. 

The CAM Summaries are peer-reviewed and up-to-date summaries of the existing scientific information on CAM in the prevention, treatment and palliative care of cancer. They provide documentation with regards to efficacy/effectiveness and safety issues, as well as information on the CAM background, promoter claims, description of treatment methods, and biologic mechanisms. They provide clear statements to health professionals.
Patient information based on the CAM Summaries is provided by Reliable Cancer Therapies and available on their website (www.reliablecancertherapies.com).
CAM-Cancer does not endorse or recommend any treatment/therapy or any particular person/organisation providing therapy. Readers are strongly advised to discuss the information on this website with their physician.

The lists include:

Herbal products
Aloe vera
Aromatherapy
Artemisia annua
Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
Boswellia spp
Cannabinoids
Carctol
Cat’s claw (Uncaria spp)
Chinese herbal medicine for pancreatic cancer
Curcumin
Echinacea spp
Essiac
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Green tea (Camellia sinensis)
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
Milk vetch (Astragalus mongholicus)
Noni
PC-SPES
Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
Spirulina (blue-green algae)
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Ukrain

 

Dietary approaches
Breuss Cancer Cure
Budwig diet
Co-enzyme Q10
Colostrum
Fermented wheat germ extract
Gerson therapy
Insulin potentiation therapy
L-Carnitine
Laetrile
Maitake (Grifola frondosa)
Melatonin
Ornish diet and lifestyle modification programme
Propagermanium
Shark cartilage
Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
Vitamin E

 

Mind-body interventions
Acupuncture for fatigue
Acupuncture for hot flushes
Acupuncture for treatment-induced leukopenia
Acupuncture in cancer pain
Autogenic therapy
Biofeedback
Hypnotherapy
Mindfulness
Music therapy
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Qigong
Reiki
Simonton Method
Tai Chi
Therapeutic Touch

 

Manipulative/body-based
Massage (Classical/Swedish)
Reflexology

 

Other CAM
Homeopathy
Intravenous high-dose vitamin C
Ozone therapy

 

 

 

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