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

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Profiling cancer patients who use CAM

    Here is a profile of CAM users among patients with cancer who live in Washington State. The data come from an insurance survey. So, it’s limited to what people submit for reimbursement.

    Patients with cancer use naturopathy and acupuncture more than people without cancer. The use of chiropractic is less, while the use of massage is the same.

    Female gender, metastatic cancer, hematologic malignancy, and chemotherapy are associated with increased use of naturopathy and acupuncture. The most common diagnosis by the CAM provider is musculoskeletal pain.

    CAM providers do not replace conventional healthcare providers but instead are integrated into overall care. And the cost for CAM is modest, accounting for less than 2% of the overall medical bills for cancer patients.

    7/30/06 15:04 JR

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