Why patients seek unproven cancer remedies: a psychological perspective.

@article{Holland1982WhyPS,
  title={Why patients seek unproven cancer remedies: a psychological perspective.},
  author={Jimmie C. B. Holland},
  journal={CA: a cancer journal for clinicians},
  year={1982},
  volume={32 1},
  pages={10-4}
}
When it is discovered that cancer has recurred, patients experience a period of acute emotional distress, with increased anxiety, fear, helplessness, and depression. Well-meaning colleagues, friends, and relatives feel compelled to tell them about unorthodox cancer "cures." These unproven remedies tend to fit holistic health concepts purporting to enhance the body's own defenses; most involve the use of chemicals or drugs, nutritional supports, vitamins, vaccines, and mind-body techniques. In… CONTINUE READING

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