Complementary And Alternative Medicine

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Approaches such as acupuncture, massage, and tai chi may ease discomfort

Nurses Are Key to Referrals to Inpatient Integrative Medicine Services

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Most clinicians support use of integrative services for hospitalized patients, and most referrals for these services are nurse-driven, a NIH-funded study conducted at a large tertiary care facility has shown.

Acupuncture Modality Using Thermal Stimulation Effectively Relieves Cancer-Related Fatigue

Acupuncture Modality Using Thermal Stimulation Effectively Relieves Cancer-Related Fatigue

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Infrared laser moxibustion, an infrared laser treatment combined with a traditional acupuncture modality, appears safe and effective in relieving cancer-related fatigue.

Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep, and Quality of Life for Survivors of Breast Cancer

Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep, and Quality of Life for Survivors of Breast Cancer

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Acupressure reduced persistent fatigue in women who had been treated for breast cancer, improving both sleep and quality of life.

Herbal Remedies May Be an Overlooked Global Health Hazard

Herbal Remedies May Be an Overlooked Global Health Hazard

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Intake of herbal remedies can pose major risks to health, as illustrated by a historical, political, cultural, and economic discussion of the use of Aristolochia as an herbal supplement.

Higher CAM Use Associated With Decreased Chemo Initiation

Higher CAM Use Associated With Decreased Chemo Initiation

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Researchers examined possible correlations between complementary and alternative medicine and delayed initiation of clinically indicated chemotherapy among patients with early-stage breast cancer.

Acupuncture Helps Manage Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

Acupuncture Helps Manage Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

Improvements seen in climacteric symptoms and quality of life measures when acupuncture was employed.

Use of Electronic Cigarettes May Not Be Any Safer Than Smoking Tobacco Cigarettes

Use of Electronic Cigarettes May Not Be Any Safer Than Smoking Tobacco Cigarettes

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A California laboratory team tested two electronic cigarette products and found both products, and their nicotine-free versions, caused cell damage that could lead to cancer.

Connecting With One's Spiritual Identity in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis

Connecting With One's Spiritual Identity in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis

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Attending to a patient's spiritual needs is an important aspect of oncology care, but this can also be a challenging topic to broach. This guide helps nurses chart a course for this essential conversation.

Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies Are Commonly Used by Hospitalized Patients With Cancer

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More than 95% of hospitalized patients with cancer express interest in complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches if these therapies are offered to them during their hospital stay.

Therapy Dogs and Children With Cancer

Therapy Dogs and Children With Cancer

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Researchers hope to prove the positive effects of the use of therapy dogs in pediatric oncology.

Garlic and Cancer Prevention (Fact Sheet)

Garlic and Cancer Prevention (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet explores links between garlic and cancer prevention, including study and clinical trials evidence and safety concerns.

Yoga May Increase Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

Yoga May Increase Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients

A small study shows those undergoing radiation therapy had fewer side effects and less fatigue when practicing yoga.

Yoga Provides Mental, Emotional, and Physical Benefits for Patients With Cancer

Yoga Provides Mental, Emotional, and Physical Benefits for Patients With Cancer

Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular practice among patients with cancer, and for good reason. The practice helps patients cope with their disease and its treatment on many levels.

Use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) is high among elderly oncology patients

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Alternative medicines are widely thought to be harmless, at the least, and very often helpful for a wide range of discomforts and illnesses. However, although they are marketed as natural, they often contain active ingredients that react chemically and biologically with other therapies.

Mushroom powder may have potential for prostate cancer treatment

Mushroom powder may have potential for prostate cancer treatment

Treatment with mushroom powder led to reduction in prostate-specific antigen level in some patients with biochemical recurrence.

Perioperative music lowers anxiety for breast cancer surgery patients

Perioperative music lowers anxiety for breast cancer surgery patients

A reduction in anxiety scores preoperatively with live or recorded music was observed vs usual care.

Yoga and meditation can ease menopausal symptoms following breast cancer

Yoga and meditation can ease menopausal symptoms following breast cancer

Randomized trial shows beneficial effect for yoga combined with meditation in breast cancer survivors.

Chinese herbal mixture significantly reduces fatigue in cancer patients

Chinese herbal mixture significantly reduces fatigue in cancer patients

Treatment with the traditional Chinese medicine herbal mixture helped relieve fatigue in cancer patients, according to trial data.

Attitudes and beliefs drive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients

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A new study explored the reasons why cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Purity of herbal supplements

Purity of herbal supplements

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The purity of herbal supplements has been questioned. How should one advise patients interested in using these products?

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

Music, Nature Sounds May Improve Pain, Anxiety in Hospice Cancer Patients

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Music, nature sounds, and the combination of both were effective in decreasing pain and anxiety in patients with cancer on hospice.

Fish oil may interfere with chemotherapy

Fish oil may interfere with chemotherapy

Research suggests supplements, and certain fish, might reduce the effects of chemotherapy.

Curcumin may be promising treatment for cancer

Curcumin may be promising treatment for cancer

Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, may be a promising treatment for a variety of cancers.

Finding a qualified acupuncture practitioner

Finding a qualified acupuncture practitioner

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How can patients find a qualified acupuncture practitioner who understands the needs of oncology patients?

Healthful lifestyle advice needed by cancer survivors

Healthful lifestyle advice needed by cancer survivors

Oncology care teams should provide more guidance on lifestyle change as part of survivorship care, according to recent research.

Americans' use of complementary health approaches evolving

Americans' use of complementary health approaches evolving

Yoga practice and fish oil use up, whereas some other supplement use is down.

Americans' use of complementary health approaches evolving

Americans' use of complementary health approaches evolving

Yoga practice and fish oil use up, whereas some other supplement use is down.

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.

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