Disclosure to physicians of CAM use by breast cancer patients: findings from the Women's Healthy Eating and Living Study.

@article{Saxe2008DisclosureTP,
  title={Disclosure to physicians of CAM use by breast cancer patients: findings from the Women's Healthy Eating and Living Study.},
  author={Gordon A. Saxe and Lisa Madlensky and Sheila Kealey and David P H Wu and Karen L. M. Freeman and John P Pierce},
  journal={Integrative cancer therapies},
  year={2008},
  volume={7 3},
  pages={122-9}
}
BACKGROUND Physician awareness of their patients' use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is crucial, particularly in the setting of a potentially life-threatening disease such as cancer. The potential for harmful treatment interactions may be greatest when a patient sees a CAM practitioner--perceived as a physician-like authority figure--but does not disclose this to their physician. Therefore, this study investigated the extent of nondisclosure in a large cohort of cancer patients… CONTINUE READING