The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using CAM to improve the lives of cancer patients

    During the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, researchers at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, in Perth, Western Australia reported less distress, and improvements in pain, fatigue, nausea, appetite, sleep, breathing and bowel function.

    First, the details.

    • 1244 cancer patients received CAM in addition to the mainstream cancer treatment measured the quality of
      • Touch: bowen therapy, aromatherapy, reflexology
      • Energy: reiki, pranic healing
      • Mind: meditation, chi breathing
      • Support counseling

    And, the results.

    • There was a 14% reduction in symptom distress, with patients reporting improvements in pain, fatigue, nausea, appetite, sleep, breathing and bowels.
    • Patients also reported an 8% increase per session in their quality of life, using a scale that measured empowerment, depression, anxiety, frustration, confusion, coping and relaxation.

    The bottom line?

    The authors stress, “It’s too early to know whether these therapies have a real biological impact or merely create a placebo effect.”

    There are too few details provided, and in the absence of a placebo group it’s difficult to understand the significance of the reported improvements.

    Is it possible, that over time the patients started to come to terms with their disease and experience less depression and anxiety, etc?

    Regardless, the authors believe; “there’s no doubt that there is an improved outcome for cancer patients…. Patients change their mentality to feel empowered about the management of their cancer.”

    11/10/10 19:23 JR

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