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Updated: 04/12/13

Talking about Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Health Care Providers: A Workbook and Tips

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If you are a patient… this workbook is designed to help you talk with your health care provider(s) about your complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use during and after your cancer care. This workbook can be used in its entirety or as individual sheets to best meet your needs and interests.

If you are a health care provider… this workbook contains several documents which can be used to help your patients keep track of their medicines, CAM use, and complementary providers. It is intended to help you talk with your patients about their goals, beliefs, symptom management, and use of CAM therapies during and after cancer care.


Download the entire workbook:

This 15 page workbook provides a one-stop resource for all your CAM conversation and tracking needs.

Workbook cover image

Download each individual sheet:

Instructions for Use

Instructions for use individual page

Understand the basics about complementary and alternative medince use.

Understanding CAM individual sheet

The Why I want to use CAM page encourages you to think about why you are considering using CAM therapies and what specific symptoms you wish to relieve.

Why CAM individual sheet
Tips for talking with your provider about CAM use gives you quick and easy talking points for your next office visit.

My monthly CAM use helps you keep track of your CAM use over a month to get a sense of how the CAM therapies you’ve tried have helped manage your cancer-related symptoms.

Monthly cam use individual sheets


My complete medicine list allows you to organize in one place all of the medicines you are taking, including prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, herbs, dietary supplements, and vitamins.

medicine list individual sheet

Members of my health care team
provides a place to organize the contact information for everyone involved in your care, including conventional and complementary therapy providers.

Health care team individual sheets
Glossary of common medical and complementary and alternative medicine terms.

Glossary individual sheets
Comprehensive list of CAM resources provided through the federal government

CAM Resources individual sheets
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