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A closer look at alternative medicine use among patients with cancer

The National Cancer Institute defines complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical care. While complementary medicine refers to non-standard treatments (e.g., acupuncture) that are used together with conventional medicine, alternative medicine refers to any treatment (e.g., natural remedies) used in place of standard medical treatments. In recent years, scientific interest in CAM has grown, together with the actual use of CAM, especially among cancer patients. CAM therapies consist of botanicals and nutritional products, such as dietary and herbal supplements. These products are considered safe for use or consumption because, unlike modern medications which are mostly synthetic, CAMs occur in nature. This allows them to fulfill their purpose without causing as many undesirable side effects as conventional treatments.  Read more.....



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