Complementary therapies

You may wonder whether there are any other therapies you could try. Complementary therapies, including meditation, yoga, massage or acupuncture, may improve the side effects of treatment, decrease stress and anxiety, and enhance your quality of life. These therapies are used alongside conventional medical treatments.

Alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medical treatments. They are often promoted as cancer cures but they are not scientifically tested or proven to be effective. They can be harmful and very expensive. If you have questions about a particular alternative therapy, call Cancer Council 13 11 20, talk to your doctor, or visit

Let your doctor know about any therapies you plan to use – they may interact badly with your medical treatment. To find out more, call 13 11 20 for a free copy of the Understanding Complementary Therapies booklet.

This information was last reviewed in April 2017
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