Complementary, alternative medicine integration into clinical cancer care needs to be individualized

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Researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine conducted a survey-based study to determine what drives the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients.

The researchers surveyed 969 patients from the institution’s thoracic, breast, and gastrointestinal medical oncology clinics.

The findings reveal that expectation of therapeutic benefits, patient-perceived barriers regarding cost and access, and opinions of patients’ physician and family members predict patients’ use of CAM.

These beliefs and attitudes varied by key socio-demographic factors such as sex, race, and education.

Proven effectiveness of CAM practices such as yoga and acupuncture continue to support the practice of integrative oncology, which merges complementary and alternative medicine with conventional medicine to improve patient outsomes.

The researchers conclude that patient education on CAM practices should be tailored to the individual patient when integrating them into clinical care.

Complementary, alternative medicine integration into clinical cancer care needs to be individualized
A study to determine what drives the use of complementary and alternative medicine among cancer patients.
A new study has shed light on how cancer patients' attitudes and beliefs drive the use of complementary and alternative medicine.
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