Complementary and alternative therapies in pediatric oncology

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Dec;54(6):1043-60; xiii. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2007.10.007.


Evidence on the science of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in children with cancer is slowly evolving. Most parents of children with cancer want their children to receive state-of-the-art therapy, which generally includes chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Increasingly, they also want the concomitant use of CAM therapies to help effect a cure or to alleviate symptoms. The ideal model of integrative pediatric oncology offers safe and effective CAM therapies in a pediatric hospital or medical center setting which participates in the clinical trials network of a pediatric oncology cooperative group setting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Complementary Therapies / methods*
  • Humans
  • Immunologic Factors / therapeutic use
  • Medical Oncology / methods*
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Pediatrics / methods*


  • Antioxidants
  • Immunologic Factors