The use of complementary and alternative medicine by cancer patients

Adams, Mariama and Jewell, Andrew Paul (2007) The use of complementary and alternative medicine by cancer patients. International Seminars in Surgical Oncology, 4(10), ISSN (online) 1477-7800

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Abstract

The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among cancer patients is widespread and appears to be increasing. However, it is not clear whether patients use CAM as an 'alternative' to standard oncology care or as an adjunct to the conventional treatment they receive. This study reviews the role of CAM therapies in the management of cancer, from the view of both patients and health professionals and it highlights issues relating to the efficacy of CAM used by cancer patients. Most patients use CAM to 'complement' the conventional therapies of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and surgery. Health professionals in general have expressed positive views when CAM is used 'complementarily' and not as an 'Alternative'. Results so far published have shown that CAM can contribute to improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their general well-being.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article ID: 10.
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Cancer studies
Pharmacy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
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Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 11:59
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:55
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/22060

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