Many people use complementary therapies (such as acupuncture and prayer) during or after their breast cancer care to improve quality of life and relieve some side effects of treatment or breast cancer itself. When combined with standard medical care, complementary therapies are often called integrative therapies.
Complementary and integrative therapies are used together with standard medical treatments (such as surgery and chemotherapy). Using these therapies instead of standard treatments is not recommended.
This section of Understanding Breast Cancer provides an overview of issues related to complementary therapies and detailed information on some popular therapies.
We also offer Spanish language versions of the complementary and integrative therapies listed below.