Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) within the National Cancer Institute (NCI) develops and coordinates CAM activities related to cancer. OCCAM was established in 1998. Program efforts are divided among three areas: Research Development and Support Program, Practice Assessment Program, and Communications Program.
The Research Development and Support Program funds research on CAM for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; CAM for cancer-related symptoms; and CAM modalities that can address the side effects of conventional treatment. Examples of recent activities include a methodology working group on research on cancer symptom management by the use of CAM, the provision of competitive supplementary funds for