Complementary and alternative medicines have no effect on cancer but turning away from conventional medicine can have a high cost, according to a new study. 

Good press on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for cancer does not abound. Steve Jobs famously regretted his nine-month delay getting conventional treatment for pancreatic cancer due to a flirtation with fruit drinks and acupuncture. More recently, Cancer Research UK firmly rejected any benefits of Gerson therapy, which advocates thrice-daily coffee enemas and a hefty intake of crushed veggies as an alternative treatment for the big C.

Those seeking relief from the bad news will find little solace in a new study, published in JAMA Oncology and led by James Yu from the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, US, which affirms that CAM and cancer make for testy bedfellows.

Read the full article in Cosmos magazine here