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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 29

of 'Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer'

Complementary and alternative medicine: opportunities and challenges for cancer management and research.
Richardson MA, Straus SE
Semin Oncol. 2002;29(6):531.
Given the widespread use of diverse complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches by cancer patients, research to establish their safety and efficacy is critical as is improved patient-physician communication about their possible risks and benefits. The mission of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is to support exacting research and disseminate clear and compelling information on CAM. Although many of the challenges facing such research are not unique to CAM, these approaches do present unique challenges, but the opportunities are many for prevention, palliation, and even treatment. Using the current research portfolio of NCCAM to illustrate how the field may mature, this report summarizes the challenges facing CAM investigators, the most fruitful areas for exploration, and existing information resources.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 106, Bethesda, MD 20892-5475, USA.