[Complementary therapies in palliative cancer care].

Abstract

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has grown in popularity both among the general population and among the cancer patients. Cancer patients often use CAM, which is a treatment that is not commonly used in the conventional setting. However, the prevalence of CAM use appears to vary substantially, with reported frequency of use of at least one CAM therapy ranging from 20% to 83.3%. Complementary medicine has become an important aspect of palliative cancer care. Acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage, reflexology, relaxation techniques, and spiritual healing are frequently used forms of treatment. The purpose of this article is to provide information about some complementary therapies that are commonly used by cancer patients in the palliative care.

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@article{Yildirim2006ComplementaryTI, title={[Complementary therapies in palliative cancer care].}, author={Yasemin Kuzeyli Yildirim and Ciçek Fadiloğlu and Meltem Uyar}, journal={Aǧrı : Ağrı (Algoloji) Derneği'nin Yayın organıdır = The journal of the Turkish Society of Algology}, year={2006}, volume={18 1}, pages={26-32} }