Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) are therapies of proven or unproven efficacy that have been used to promote wellness, to manage symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment or to treat cancer. When properly combined with standard cancer treatments, some complementary therapies can enhance wellness and quality of life, but others may be harmful during or after treatment for cancer. Most, but not all, are natural products.
MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER) Web site is offered to help patients and physicians decide how best to integrate such therapies into their care.
The MD Anderson Cancer Center Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER) Web site is dedicated to providing educational resources to health care professionals and patients regarding the current understanding of complementary medicine and, where appropriate, to assist in the integration of these medicines and therapies with conventional treatments. Our intention is to provide evidence-based information to improve the lives of patients who choose to use these therapies under the direction of informed physicians.
- To discover CAM approaches used by patients
- To distinguish between harmful treatments, beneficial treatments and treatments that can be safely integrated with conventional treatment
- To encourage communication between patients and providers
- To educate both patients and health care providers who need a more comprehensive knowledge base with current and accurate information
- To promote ongoing professional growth through networking in a setting wherein complementary medicine and conventional cancer treatments can be examined together to enhance lives
Integrative Medicine Calendars of Events
Recognition and Awards
- We subscribe to the code principles of the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation. MD Anderson Cancer Center CIMER's HONcode compliance status is HONConduct728912
- We have been recognized by the U. S. Department of Health Human Services' Healthfinder.gov
- We have been recognized as a Healthlinks Select Site
- We were awarded a Golden Web Award for 2002-2003 by the International Association of Web Masters and Designers
The information provided on this webpage is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/ site visitor and his/her physician. The CIMER web pages are part of The University of Texas MD Anderson institutional website and receives no additional outside funding. Likewise the web pages do not host any form of advertisement.