Complementary and alternative medicine use in cancer: a systematic review

Keene, Martin R., Heslop, Ian M., Sabesan, Sabe S., and Glass, Beverley D. (2019) Complementary and alternative medicine use in cancer: a systematic review. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 35. pp. 33-47.

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Background and purpose: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in cancer is increasing. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature to determine demographic profiles and prevalence and reasons for use in cancer patients.

Methods: In this systematic review, the databases OVID, PubMed, and Scopus were searched for studies on CAM use in cancer between 2009 and June 2018.

Results: The results showed that an average of 51% of cancer patients used CAM. Common independent demographic characteristics associated with CAM use were younger, female cancer patients, having higher education, earning a higher income and having previously used CAM. Frequent reasons for use, grouped into themes were shown to be to influence their cancer and general health and to treat complications of the cancer or therapy.

Conclusion: The review provides an insight and will serve to better inform health professionals on how this population is using CAM.

Item ID: 58280
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6947
Keywords: Complementary therapies, Cancer, Prevalence, Reasons for use, Demographic profile
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Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 07:42
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4208 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine > 420899 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis > 321104 Cancer therapy (excl. chemotherapy and radiation therapy) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders @ 100%
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