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A guide to using complementary alternative medicines in cancer

The use of complementary alternative medicines (CAMs) in patients who have chronic disorders such as cancers, is well documented (Ernst and Cassileth,1999; Eisenberg, 1993). These are used on their own (alternative) or in addition to conventional medicine (complementary) (Zimmerman and Thompson, 2002). Estimates in reported prevalence of CAM use in cancer patients are in the range of 7-80 per cent (Bernstein and Grasso, 2001; Ernst and Cassileth, 1998).

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