Moshe A Frenkel

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BACKGROUND A key end point of early cancer clinical trials is the assessment of toxicities and their possible association with new experimental drugs. Therefore, the concurrent use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in patients with advanced malignancies seen in a dedicated phase 1 clinic was evaluated. METHODS An investigator-designed survey(More)
BACKGROUND Despite family practitioners frequently being requested to assist their patients with advice on or referrals to complementary-alternative medicine (CAM), there is an absence both of evidence about the efficacy of nearly all specific treatments or modalities and of guidelines to assist with the integration of conventional and CAM therapies. (More)
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is becoming a significant factor in the arena of cancer care. There is an increasing body of research along with widespread popularity and use by patients with cancer. This article reviews current knowledge about the worldwide use of CAM in the treatment of cancer and patients' motives and reasoning for this use.(More)
BACKGROUND There is increasing evidence for the extensive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by patients with psoriasis. Clinical research in the arena of CAM and psoriasis treatment is evolving and includes some randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVE To study CAM use among patients with psoriasis attending a dermatology clinic in a(More)
In recent years, there has been an increased interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among people with cancer. Many are looking for informed advice and desire communication with their physicians about CAM use. Communication is crucial in establishing trust with patients, gathering information, addressing patient emotions, and assisting(More)
This article summarizes the research base, probable mechanism of actions, and clinical applications of acupuncture. It offers the clinician a deeper understanding of appropriate conditions for which acupuncture may be useful, outlines how to integrate acupuncture into a clinical practice, and describes referral and training issues.
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to explore perspectives on integrating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into the conventional primary care setting among patients treated at a large academic family medicine clinic in Texas. METHODS We developed and administered a multiple choice questionnaire to evaluate perspectives of 502 patients on(More)
The care of patients with cancer not only involves dealing with its symptoms but also with complicated information and uncertainty; isolation; and fear of disease progression, disease recurrence, and death. Patients whose treatments require them to go without human contact can find a lack of touch to be an especially distressing factor. Massage therapy is(More)
In recent years, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become popular with the general public. Many cancer patients use CAM, usually without their physicians' knowledge. The importance of discussing CAM with cancer patients is increasingly acknowledged. Unfortunately, there is little information available about teaching and increasing physicians'(More)