Many people take complementary or alternative medicines. It is always important to tell your doctor about all the medicines that you are taking. This is because they may interfere with your cancer treatment and make it less effective. For example, intravenous Vitamin C can interfere with some chemotherapy treatment.
It is important to understand that many complementary treatments have not had the same rigorous testing as mainstream treatments. If you would like to join a trial which includes complementary treatment you can search for it on this website. For more information about complementary treatments and cancer you can also visit the NSW Cancer Council website at: https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/cancer-information/advanced-cancer/living-with-advanced-cancer/treatment-for-advanced-cancer/complementary-and-alternative-therapies/.
This site also provides links to other websites with information about complementary and alternative therapies, including the following:
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre
Database about Herbs, Botanicals and other products which gives details of specific therapies.
National Cancer Institute (US)
This site provides information in Question and Answer format on Complementary and Alternate Medicine.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
The TGA regulates all therapeutic products sold in Australia, including drugs and devices used in complementary therapies. An overview of the regulation of complementary medicines is included on this site.