Alternative medicine

Alternative cancer treatments

If you're considering alternative cancer treatments, talk to your doctor about starting with one of these promising alternative therapies.

Mindfulness exercises

What can mindfulness exercises do for you? Get the facts.

Pet therapy

Therapy animals can provide comfort during illness and help speed recovery.


Myths about cancer causes

Coping and support

Cancer diagnosis: 11 tips for coping

To face any difficult time in your life, you need effective coping strategies. These tips help you deal with your cancer diagnosis.

Cancer survivors: Care for your body after treatment

Find out what to do now to keep your body healthy after cancer treatment so that you can enjoy your years as a cancer survivor.

Cancer survivors: Managing your emotions after cancer treatment

You thought you'd feel a sense of joy and accomplishment when you finished cancer treatment. So how come you feel scared and alone?

Managing the lingering side effects of cancer treatment

You can still experience side effects of cancer treatment even if you finished your treatment years ago. Find out what's common and why.

Palliative care

If you or a loved one has a serious illness, palliative care might be an option. Understand the benefits of palliative care.

Reconnecting with family and friends after cancer treatment

Friends with whom you regularly spent time now seem to be avoiding you. Find out how relationships can change after cancer treatment.

When cancer returns: How to cope with cancer recurrence

Your cancer is back. What is recurrence, and how is it different from a first diagnosis? Get the basics here.

Lifestyle and home remedies

Mediterranean diet recipes

Give your diet a healthy kick with these Mediterranean recipes.

Sleep tips


Cancer-prevention strategies

Concerned about cancer prevention? Put these cancer-prevention strategies to work for you.

Risk factors

Cancer risk: What the numbers mean

The news is full of reports about cancer risk, but what does it all mean for you? Find out how to interpret cancer statistics.

Secondhand smoke

It might be someone else's smoke, but the risks are yours. Consider simple steps for avoiding secondhand smoke.



Fatigue can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.

Unexplained weight loss

Unexplained weight loss: Symptom — Overview covers possible causes of unexplained weight loss.

Tests and diagnosis

Biopsy procedures

Learn about the most common biopsy procedures and how they're used to diagnose cancer.

Bone scan

Bone scans can help detect bone disorders and hidden fractures.

Cancer blood tests

Find out what your doctor is looking for when cancer blood tests are done.

Cancer survival rate

No one can predict the future, but cancer survival rates can give you an idea of your prognosis. Should you pay attention to them?

Complete blood count

A complete blood count can be used to evaluate your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

CT scan

A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.


MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.


Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of structures in your body.


X-rays are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs.

Treatments and drugs

Cancer treatment

Cancer treatment information for patients, including research and clinical trials at Mayo Clinic.

Cancer treatment decisions: 5 steps to help you decide

Your doctor wants you to be involved in decisions about your cancer treatment. Follow these five steps to help you choose a treatment.

Cancer treatment myths

Chemotherapy and hair loss: What to expect during treatment

Most people who have chemotherapy lose at least some of their hair. Planning ahead can help you prepare for this change in your appearance.

Chemotherapy and hair loss: What to expect during treatment

Most people who have chemotherapy lose at least some of their hair. Planning ahead can help you prepare for this change in your appearance.

Eating during cancer treatment: Tips to make food tastier

You may find that cancer treatment has affected your sense of taste. Here are some tips to help food taste better.

Fertility preservation

Wonder how cancer treatment could affect your fertility? Understand what you can do to preserve your fertility before starting treatment.

Low blood counts

Your doctor monitors your blood cell counts during treatment. What's he or she looking for, and why are blood counts so important?

Radiation therapy

Jan. 02, 2014

You Are ... The Campaign for Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization. Make a difference today.