CAM and Oncology Research

Two great articles about studies regarding cancer patients and alternative care:

Can therapeutic massage alleviate cancer fatigue?

This article talks about a recent massage-specific study that’s exploring how massage therapy can help reduce cancer-related fatigue. There’s already a lot of research regarding pain, anxiety, and depression relief in the cancer population, but cancer fatigue has often been overlooked.

Closer details of the study can be found here.

Attitudes and beliefs drive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients

Another recent article talks about a study exploring what drives the use of CAM among cancer patients. They found that attitudes and beliefs about the benefits of complementary and alternative care are the biggest factor determining use, as opposed to clinical and demographic characteristics.

While this may seem like just a small finding, I think this is actually really important. This means that the biggest reason cancer patients aren’t using CAM is because they don’t know about it, or aren’t sure whether it can help. This is not an insurmountable problem – the best way to tackle it is by more outreach, by explaining to patients (and physicians) all of the ways that CAM can help with cancer symptoms.

Have you read my Oncology blog series yet? Check it out if you haven’t yet:
Part One: Introduction
Part Two: Benefits
Part Three: Adjustments
Part Four: Hospice

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1 Comment

  1. Posted April 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Thankyou for posting! Massage I believe can help anyone. Of course with cancer patients a doctor’s clearance is necessary! 🙂

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