Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Beliefs: How Far Will Cancer Patients Go for Alternative Results?

Alternative Medicine Beliefs: How Far Will Cancer Patients Go for Alternative Results?

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The ASCO 2018 Cancer Opinions Survey revealed an almost unbelievable fact about Americans' beliefs regarding cancer care. This report examines the lengths some people with cancer will go to in pursuing a "cure" for their disease.

Integrative Medicine in Childhood Cancer: Practices That Can Help Pediatric Patients

Integrative Medicine in Childhood Cancer: Practices That Can Help Pediatric Patients

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A review of studies investigating the safety and efficacy of integrative and complementary medicine practices sought to determine their effects on children with cancer.

Antioxidant Interaction With Cancer Therapy

Antioxidant Interaction With Cancer Therapy

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What is the concern with antioxidants and chemotherapy or radiation?

Improved Pain Scores With Acupuncture for Arthralgia in Breast Cancer Not Clinically Meaningful

Improved Pain Scores With Acupuncture for Arthralgia in Breast Cancer Not Clinically Meaningful

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In a multicenter study, researchers sought to determine if acupuncture effectively relieved aromatase inhibitor-related joint pain in patients with breast cancer.

NCCIH HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products

NCCIH HerbList App Launched to Provide Information on Herbal Products

NIH app provides patients with scientific, research-driven info on safety, side effects, and herb-drug interactions.

Hypnosis: A Comparison of the Efficacy of an Intervention Across Patient Populations

Hypnosis: A Comparison of the Efficacy of an Intervention Across Patient Populations

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Researchers sought to determine if men with prostate cancer would derive the same benefits from hypnosis as women with breast cancer. Their results highlight significant differences in what is helpful for men vs women.

VIDA Findings Do Not Support Use of Vitamin D Supplements as Cancer Preventative

VIDA Findings Do Not Support Use of Vitamin D Supplements as Cancer Preventative

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A post-hoc analysis of the VIDA study sought to determine if vitamin D levels influence risk for cancer and/or cancer prevention.

Seeking Reliable Information on Herbal Products

Seeking Reliable Information on Herbal Products

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What are some helpful Internet resources for reliable information about herbal products?

Complementary Medicine Use May Have Link to Increased Risk of Death in Cancer

Complementary Medicine Use May Have Link to Increased Risk of Death in Cancer

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A retrospective observational study revealed an association between complementary medicine use and patient adherence to conventional cancer treatment.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

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In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of IV injections of coix seed oil, a Chinese CAM, on pain and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer.

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

Live or Online Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Reduced Cancer-Related Psychological Distress

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Mindfulness-based interventions are proven effective in helping patients with cancer manage distress and other psychological symptoms. In this study, researchers sought to determine if Internet-based MBCT can be as effective as face-to-face interventions.

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

Art as Palliative Care: Bedside Intervention Improves Pain, Anxiety, Mood in Hospitalized Cancer Patients

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Results from a study on an innovative program from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, demonstrates the potential positive effects of providing hospitalized patients with brief one-on-one art lessons.

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

Mindfulness Training May Improve End-of-Life Conversations in Advanced Cancer

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Study presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting determined the feasibility of using a mindfulness intervention to improve quality of life and confidence in advance care planning discussions among patient-family caregiver dyads.

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

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A study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress explored whether aromatherapy and reflexology can ease anxiety and pain for patients undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices of Lymphoma Survivors in South Korea

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices of Lymphoma Survivors in South Korea

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A study from South Korea determined the prevalence and type of CAM practices lymphoma survivors used for various purposes including ease symptoms, augment treatment, boost immunity, and gain a sense of control.

Acupuncture Benefits Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain

Acupuncture Benefits Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain

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Acupuncture may represent an effective adjuvant therapy in the management of joint pain associated with aromatase inhibitor treatment in postmenopausal women with breast cancer.

Goshajinkigan May Not Prevent Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer

Goshajinkigan May Not Prevent Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer

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Evidence from previous studies for patients with ovarian and endometrial cancers has suggested that goshajinkigan may treat and prevent CIPN.

Acupuncture an Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Acupuncture an Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

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A meta-analysis of studies determined the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving cancer-related fatigue in patients with cancer, comparing the alternative treatment with sham acupuncture, typical care, and American ginseng.

Anticancer Properties of The Probiotic Kefir: A Review

Anticancer Properties of The Probiotic Kefir: A Review

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A review of data on kefir has shown that the probiotic milk drink has potential anticancer properties affecting apoptosis, proliferation, and the anti-oxidative process in several cancers, including breast or gastric cancer, leukemia, and sarcoma.

Tibetan Yoga Improves Sleep Quality During Chemotherapy

Tibetan Yoga Improves Sleep Quality During Chemotherapy

Long-term benefits seen for those who practice at least two times a week

Propolis Effectively Prevents Chemotherapy-Induced Oral Mucositis

Propolis Effectively Prevents Chemotherapy-Induced Oral Mucositis

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In a randomized clinical trial, use of a mouth rinse consisting of propolis with sodium bicarbonate was well-tolerated and effectively prevented oral mucositis in patients with breast cancer undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy.

Worse Survival Seen for Alternative Versus Usual Cancer Therapy

Worse Survival Seen for Alternative Versus Usual Cancer Therapy

Alternative medicine was independently tied to greater mortality risk compared to conventional treatment, researchers found.

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

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Acupuncture was found to improve cancer-related fatigue in patients with lung cancer in as little as 2 weeks, according to results of a double-blind randomized clinical study.

Therapeutic Writing in Group Work For Patients With Cancer

Therapeutic Writing in Group Work For Patients With Cancer

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Journaling can offer patients with cancer a safe space to express and process emotions without fear of judgment or risk of burdening loved ones.

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 when other therapy fails.

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.

Among Survivors, Relaxing Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep Quality, QoL

Among Survivors, Relaxing Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep Quality, QoL

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Relaxing acupressure resulted in significant improvement in persistent fatigue, sleep quality, and quality of life among survivors of breast cancer, a recent study has shown.

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.

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