Do Complementary Therapies Work? – Ask the expert about herbs, acupuncture, and other complementary therapies

Posted on November 4th, 2011 by

Live Web Chat with Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD, Chief, Integrative Medicine Service; Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair Integrative Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), click here for Dr. Cassileth’s bio

Dr. Cassileth is a world-renowned authority in intergrated medicine. She is a researcher, educator, and planner who has worked in alternative and complementary (integrative) medicine and the psychosocial aspects of cancer care for more than 25 years.  She has just released a new book, The Complete Guide to Complementary Therapies in Cancer Care. MSKCC’s Integrative Medicine Service’s Web site, http://www.MSKCC.org, offers evidence-based information about herbs, vitamins, and unproved cancer treatments at no charge to professionals and the public.

Integrative medicine combines modern scientific treatment with complementary therapies that can transform the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of people living with chronic or life-threatening illness. Complementary therapies such as touch therapies, mind-body therapies, acupuncture, nutrition, and physical activity are not substitutes for mainstream medical care. But when used in concert with medical treatment, they may alleviate stress; reduce pain, anxiety, and other physical and emotional symptoms; and enhance quality of life.

On Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:00 PM EST you’ll have the opportunity to hear a brief presentation and to ask the expert, Dr. Barrie Cassileth, about helpful, evidence-based complementary therapies. You’ll learn how to recognize bogus “treatments” you will want to avoid.

Click here to submit a question for the Q&A portion of the Web Chat or to register for the Web Chat. Please note, Dr. Cassileth will address as many questions as possible during the 30-minute live Q&A portion of the Web Chat. Thank you for your participation.

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