Medline ® Abstract for Reference 16
of 'Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer'
Unconventional cancer remedies.
Danielson KJ, Stewart DE, Lippert GP
Unproven and disproven remedies continue to abound for illnesses for which conventional treatment is only partially effective. This is particularly true with cancer, for which up to 50% of patients may be receiving unorthodox therapy. This article examines unconventional cancer remedies, their adverse effects, their common factors and the basis for their appeal, as well as what motivates and characterizes patients who choose these treatments. Also discussed is an approach that may be used by the conventional physician for patients who are likely to seek unorthodox treatment. This approach will help patients make the best decision about their treatment and protect them from the hazards of unconventional remedies.
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Ont.