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Complementary and alternative therapies in cancer/integrative oncology

Susan MacDonald and Doreen Oneschuk

in Palliative Medicine

Third edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694143
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.003.0151
Complementary and alternative therapies in cancer/integrative oncology

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This chapter presents case studies to illustrate the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to develop proficiency in discussing and advising patients about using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It addresses a number of questions such as: What non-pharmacological therapies are available for symptom control in the palliative patient? Why do cancer patients use complementary and alternative therapies? Where do patients get information about CAM? Are there any concerns about natural health products interacting with prescription medications? What is the proposed biological mechanism of action for acupuncture in pain relief?

Keywords: medical education; case studies; patient care; cancer patients; complementary and alternative medicine; acupuncture; pain relief

Chapter.  5591 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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