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Discussing Alternative Treatments for Colon Cancer With Your Doctor

Some people with cancer are afraid that their doctor won't understand or approve of the use of an alternative treatment for colon cancer. But doctors know that people with cancer want to take an active part in their care. They want the best for their patients and often are willing to work with them.
Talk to your doctor to make sure that all aspects of your cancer care work together. This is important, because some things that seem safe, such as certain foods or pills, may actually interfere with your treatment.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Some questions you might ask your doctor include:
  • What types of colon cancer alternative treatment might:
    • Help me cope, reduce my stress, and feel better?
    • Help me feel less tired?
    • Help me deal with cancer symptoms, such as pain, or side effects of treatment, such as nausea?
  • If I decide to try an alternative treatment:
    • Will it interfere with my treatment or medicines?
    • Will you work with my alternative treatment practitioner?


  • Can you help me understand these articles I found about CAM?
  • Can you suggest an alternative treatment practitioner for me to talk to?
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