A primer of complementary and alternative medicine commonly used by cancer patients

  title={A primer of complementary and alternative medicine commonly used by cancer patients},
  author={Edzard Ernst},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  • E. Ernst
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Medicine
  • Medical Journal of Australia
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is frequently used by cancer patients, and many oncologists have limited knowledge of CAM. This article provides a brief, evidence‐based introduction to several CAM treatments relevant in the context of cancer. “Alternative” diets, chiropractic, coffee enemas, ozone therapy, and shark cartilage seem to have little to offer cancer patients. The evidence for or against homoeopathy and spiritual healing is at present inconclusive. Acupuncture… 
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