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Palliative MedicineA case-based manual$
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Doreen Oneschuk, Neil Hagen, and Neil MacDonald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.001.0001

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Complementary and alternative therapies in cancer/integrative oncology

Complementary and alternative therapies in cancer/integrative oncology

(p.376) Chapter 30 Complementary and alternative therapies in cancer/integrative oncology
Palliative Medicine

Susan MacDonald

Doreen Oneschuk

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents case studies to illustrate the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to develop proficiency in discussing and advising patients about using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It addresses a number of questions such as: What non-pharmacological therapies are available for symptom control in the palliative patient? Why do cancer patients use complementary and alternative therapies? Where do patients get information about CAM? Are there any concerns about natural health products interacting with prescription medications? What is the proposed biological mechanism of action for acupuncture in pain relief?

Keywords:   medical education, case studies, patient care, cancer patients, complementary and alternative medicine, acupuncture, pain relief

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