A cancer diagnosis can prompt patients to turn to alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, herbal supplements and yoga, to guide their treatment. If chosen properly, these complementary treatments can be integrated with conventional treatments like chemotherapy or radiation to help reduce side effects and improve quality of life. However, replacing conventional medical treatments with these alternative therapies can be harmful. A new study found that the risk of death was 2.5 times higher among patients who chose to pursue alternative therapies instead of standard treatments. Importantly the study looked at patients with potentially curable cancers that had not yet spread beyond their site of origin. Read more in a story from The New York Times.