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August 11, 2008

Complementary Method Use by Cancer Survivors

A recent study published in the journal Cancer, surveys all the alternative medical methods used by surviving cancer patients. 4139 survivors of cancer were queried on their alternative methods.

"Of the 19 CMs (Complementary Methods) included in the survey, the CMs most frequently reported were prayer/spiritual practice (61.4%), relaxation (44.3%), faith/spiritual healing (42.4%), nutritional supplements/vitamins (40.1%), meditation (15%), religious counseling (11.3%), massage (11.2%), and support groups (9.7%). Among these 19 CMs, the least prevalent were hypnosis (0.4%), biofeedback therapy (1.0%), and acupuncture/acupressure (1.2%). Survivors more likely to use CMs were female, younger, white, higher income, and more educated."

Abstract: Cancer. See early preview abstract September 1, 2008.

Posted by mpence at August 11, 2008 12:40 AM