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Enhancing Cancer CareComplementary therapy and support$
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Jennifer Barraclough

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297559.001.0001

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Choice and co-ordination of therapies: the family doctor as guide

Choice and co-ordination of therapies: the family doctor as guide

(p.73) Chapter 7 Choice and co-ordination of therapies: the family doctor as guide
Enhancing Cancer Care

Catherine Zollman

Oxford University Press

The task of navigating the maze of potential complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and integrating CAM into a personal cancer care plan is often complex, time-consuming, and stressful. It can also be empowering, health enhancing, and life transforming. A trusted and wise guide can provide valuable support for people along this journey. There are many facets to the role of a guide, depending on the individuals concerned and their circumstances. These might include helping them decide what they want from CAM, finding the right therapy and therapist, evaluating CAM interventions, preventing adverse effects, and co-ordinating their care while keeping sight of the bigger picture. Family doctors have a range of skills and attributes that make them eminently suited to being such a guide and this can be a tremendously satisfying and rewarding role.

Keywords:   complementary and alternative medicine, family doctors, guide, cancer care, adverse effects, therapy

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