A systematic review of guided imagery as an adjuvant cancer therapy

  title={A systematic review of guided imagery as an adjuvant cancer therapy},
  author={Liz Roffe and Katja Schmidt and Edzard Ernst},
Aim: The aim of this paper is to summarise and critically evaluate the evidence available from controlled clinical trials regarding the use of guided imagery as a sole adjuvant therapy for cancer patients. 
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