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Farrah Fawcett's German Cancer Care

Actress, Ill With Anal Cancer, Had Treatment in Germany That's Not Approved in U.S.

Cancer Care Options

Every country sets its own standards for medical care. In the U.S., the FDA is the authority that approves drugs and other medical treatments.

Clinical trials of experimental drugs may be another option for cancer patients. The National Cancer Institute has a searchable database of more than 8,000 clinical trials.

Many cancer patients are also interested in complementary or alternative treatments. Complementary medicine is used with conventional medicine; alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

Complementary and alternative treatments come in many forms, including acupuncture, dietary supplements, herbal products, and special diets.

The NCCAM recommends that anyone considering complementary or alternative medicine should first talk with their doctors and carefully research the therapy and its practitioners. Resources include:

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