Table 1

Pattern of CAM use
Frequency (n)
Types of CAM used by patients Used in the past Used since this cancer Hope to use Both in the past and since this cancer
Biological Based Therapies
High dose/mega vitamins 3 41 2 13
Herbal 8 28 0 30
Mind-Body Systems
Prayers 24 15 2 27
Rituals 1 30 3 1
music therapy 24 5 4 11
Relaxation 13 15 8 9
Support group 1 18 38 5
Alternative Medical Systems
Chinese medicine 0 43 6 9
Indian medicine 0 13 16 1
Acupuncture 0 7 5 0
Homeopathy 0 9 8 0
Manipulative and Body Based Therapies
Chiropractic 0 2 10 0
Osteopathy 2 8 6 1
Massage 3 24 1 41
Reflexology 1 1 11 2
Energy Therapies
Electromagnetic 1 6 11 0
Therapeutic touch 0 3 10 0

Yarney et al.

Yarney et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 13:16   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-13-16

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