Limited Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Israeli Head and Neck Cancer Patients
Version of Record online: 3 JAN 2009
Copyright © 2005 The Triological Society
Volume 115, Issue 8, pages 1505–1508, August 2005
How to Cite
Talmi, Y. P., Yakirevitch, A., Migirov, L., Horowitz, Z., Bedrin, L., Simon, Z. and Pfeffer, M. R. (2005), Limited Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Israeli Head and Neck Cancer Patients. The Laryngoscope, 115: 1505–1508. doi: 10.1097/01.mlg.0000172205.31559.8d
- Issue online: 3 JAN 2009
- Version of Record online: 3 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 MAY 2005
- Head and neck;
- alternative medicine;
- complementary medicine
Hypothesis/Objective: The use of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) is growing among cancer patients. A Medline search failed to reveal any dedicated report of CAM use specifically in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC).
Study Design: Use of CAM was evaluated in a cohort of treated HNC patients.
Methods: Patients treated for HNC were asked if they had used CAM since their diagnosis. Demographic data and data pertaining to mode of CAM, duration of treatment and effects were obtained.
Results: One hundred forty-three patients (mean age 61 years) were included. Only nine patients (6.3%) reported using disease related CAM. This included acupuncture (4), Reiki (2), naturopathy (2), hypnosis (1), shiatsu (1), chiropractic treatment (1), homeopathy (1), and selenium (1).
Conclusion: Contrary to the reported use, few of our HNC patients used CAM. Although this could be related to good caregiver-patient relationship, further studies in comparable populations are warranted to evaluate if this is a local or a pervading finding in head and neck cancer patients.