Complementary and alternative therapies

Complementary therapies are a range of approaches to care aimed at enhancing quality of life and improving wellbeing.

Complementary therapies may be used alongside conventional treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapies or targeted therapies.

Complementary therapies may include acupuncture, relaxation therapy and meditation, gentle exercise, guided imagery, music or art therapy, massage, aromatherapy, dietary therapies and some support group programs.

You may also hear people talk about alternative therapies. These are therapies that are taken instead of conventional approaches to treatment. There’s no evidence to support the use of alternative therapies in the treatment of breast cancer.

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