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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    Using massage and acupuncture to help control symptoms after cancer surgery

    More data from the University of California, San Francisco in support of CAM in the care of cancer patients.

    138 cancer patients undergoing surgery were assigned to receive usual care with or without massage and acupuncture during the first two days after surgery. Patients’ pain, nausea, vomiting, and mood were assessed at four time points.

    Based on evaluations conducted over 3 days, adding massage and acupuncture to usual care lead to significantly less pain and depression.

    The results fit with the reasons patients with cancer look to use CAM — reduce symptoms of psychological distress.

    3/15/07 23:42 JR

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