Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with gynecological cancers in Europe
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2006
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Volume 16, Issue S1, pages 219–224, February 2006
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MOLASSIOTIS, A., BROWALL, M., MILOVICS, L., PANTELI, V., PATIRAKI, E. and FERNANDEZ-ORTEGA, P. (2006), Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with gynecological cancers in Europe. International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, 16: 219–224. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1438.2006.00309.x
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2006
- Accepted for publication April 5, 2005
- alternative medicine;
- complementary medicine;
- complementary therapies;
- gynecological cancer
Abstract. Molassiotis A, Browall M, Milovics L, Panteli V, Patiraki E, Fernandez-Ortega P. Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with gynecological cancers in Europe. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2006;16(Suppl. 1):219–224.
The aim of the present study was to assess the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) specifically in women with gynecological cancer. The design of the study was of a descriptive cross-sectional survey using a 27-item questionnaire. The study was conducted in 11 countries in Europe as part of a larger project. Data were available from 72 gynecological cancer patients. Among the participants, 40.3% used CAM after the diagnosis with cancer. The most popular CAM modalities used were herbal medicine (34.5%), relaxation techniques (21.4%), and vitamins/minerals (20.7%). A very high level of satisfaction with CAM use was reported. Patients used CAM to increase the body's ability to fight the cancer or to improve physical and emotional well-being. The main sources of information about CAM were informal (friends/family or the media). It is important to discuss CAM use with gynecological cancer patients, as they frequently use it and such use may have implications for clinical practice.