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No type of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) has ever been shown to cure cancer. There is no evidence that CAM can treat either cervical cancer or HPV.
CAM therapies may also cost you valuable time that can be used for conventional treatments. Delaying treatments like surgery and radiation can make them less effective. If you wait too long, they may no longer work.
CAM options include:
These products will not improve or cure your cancer. They can interact with your treatments, sometimes to your detriment. If you do decide to use CAM, talk to your doctor to avoid potentially dangerous side effects and complications.
Certain mind-body therapy techniques like are helpful in easing the emotional distress that comes along with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment for many patients. Some of these include:
Mind-body therapies are often helpful in easing emotional distress. These therapeutic treatments are typically safe for most patients, but always consult with your doctor before initiating a new treatment.
There is no scientific data to confirm the effectiveness of any of herbs and dietary supplements in treating cancer. However, some people do find them helpful in relieving symptoms or side effects of medical treatments. As always, make sure to consult with your doctor before adding anything new to your diet.
CAM cannot cure cancer or HPV. It should not be used as a substitute for conventional treatment. However, CAM may be able to help relieve treatment side effects. For example, it may help with:
These treatments are safe for most patients. However, you should always consult with your doctor before starting a new treatment.
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
Medically reviewed on: Sep 15, 2014: George Krucik, MD, MBA
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