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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    Is tai chi effective complementary treatment for cancer?

    For now, “the evidence is not convincing enough to suggest that tai chi is an effective supportive treatment for cancer,” according to researchers from the Peninsula Medical School at the Universities of Exeter & Plymouth in the UK.

    There was very little evidence to evaluate.

    • Although 27 studies were identified, most were flawed because too few patients were studied, inadequate study design, and poor reporting.
    • Only 4 worthwhile studies in women with breast cancer were identified and reviewed by the authors.
    • 2 of these studies reported significant differences in symptoms compared to psychosocial support.

    Remember, the lack of sufficient information should not be interpreted as a lack of effectiveness.

    The results of two studies were positive for tai chi. This is one situation where “further research should attempt to answer the many open questions related to the usefulness of tai chi for supportive cancer care.”

    2/25/07 00:20 JR

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