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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    CAM options for symptom management in children with cancer

    Ms. Jennifer Rheingans is a nurse educator for pediatrics at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. In the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing she reviews nonpharmacological therapies as a potential source of assistance for children with symptoms due to cancer treatment.

    Symptoms and CAM options are listed below.

    Before recommending or requesting these treatments, become familiar with the supporting research she discusses in the article. In many cases support is limited to one study or simply a report of one patient’s experience.


    • Distraction and hypnosis


    • Acupuncture
    • Distraction with video games
    • Hypnosis
    • Self-hypnosis

    Procedural anxiety.

    • Age-appropriate humor
    • Breathing and distraction
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Distraction
    • Hypnosis

    Procedural distress

    • Art therapy
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Combined breathing, distraction, imagery, and play
    • Distraction
    • General relaxation techniques
    • Hypnosis
    • Nonessential touch by nurses (eg, soothing, nonmedical touch during lumbar punctures)

    Procedural pain

    • Cognitive behavioral therapy
    • Distraction via virtual reality
    • Distraction/relaxation
    • Hypnosis
    • Self-hypnosis

    The bottom line?
    Symptom management in pediatric oncology remains a problem. Ms. Rheingan’s review challenges residents, fellows, and students to contribute original research findings to this healthcare issue.

    5/6/07 15:23 JR

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