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February 25, 2004

Cancer Patients More Likely To Use CAM

Health Day News reports that cancer patients are more likely to use alternative therapies than people suffering from other diseases.

The researchers found cancer patients were twice as likely to turn to naturopathy -- herbal medicine -- and acupuncture.

The sicker patients may have been trying "to get help with the toxicity of cancer itself as well as from conventional treatments," Lafferty says.

"If you're going to get naturopathic care, you should tell your [conventional] care providers that you're doing that," he says. "The same would be true for other forms of care like chiropractic and acupuncture. The more you share with all your health-care providers, the better service and outcome you're going to get."

Be sure to check the bottom of this article for links to cancer related 3-D interactive body atlases, articles, videos, and encyclopedias.

Posted by linda at February 25, 2004 5:25 PM

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