A Third of People With Cancer Use Alternative Medicine. Here ’s Why That Could Be Dangerous

About a third of cancer patients use alternative medicine — but many of them don’t tell their doctors, according to a new research letter published in JAMA Oncology. Complementary and alternative therapies are those that people use in addition to or instead of traditional medical care. Out of about 3,100 cancer patients who responded to questions about cancer and complementary therapy use through the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, just over 1,000 reported using one or more of these therapies during the prior year, the research letter says. Of these, about a third said they did not tell their doctors that they were using alternative therapies. That’s potentially a problem, since alternative therapies can come with health risks, especially if people halt conventional treatments to pursue them. And some complementary therapies — like herbal supplements, which were taken by more than a third of the people using alternative methods — are not well-regulated and may interact poorly with conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, doctors warn. High levels of antioxidants can interfere with radiation, for example, and herbal supplements can become dangerous when mixed with certain prescription drugs. Some alternative therapies, however, are widely recommended by oncologists. Mind-body interventions like yoga, tai chi, meditation and mindfulness, which were each used by about 7% of patients, can keep people fit and energetic as they...
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Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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This study was a first of its kind. It involved a head-to-head comparison of acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy, enrolled patients with many different types of cancer and included nearly 30% minority participants. Previous studies focused solely on breast cancer and included 90% white participants. Limitations of the previous research make it difficult to determine if the results are applicable to patients with other cancers and people of diverse backgrounds. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acupuncture Are Effective Acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy treatments produced clinically meaningful reduction...
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