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Nursing2015

February 2008, Volume 38 Number 2 , p 63 - 63 [FREE]

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Complementary and alternative therapies

Complementary and alternative therapies

 

THE FIRST PRACTICE GUIDELINES on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for cancer patients come from the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO). The newly developed guidelines recommend that health care providers ask all cancer patients specifically about their use of complementary and alternative therapies, advise them about the advantages and limitations, and warn them to avoid therapies promoted as "alternatives" to mainstream care.

 

Among the adjuncts to mainstream cancer treatment recommended by the SIO are mind-body therapies that might help reduce the patient's anxiety or ease chronic pain and improve his quality of life. These include meditation, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and guided imagery. Massage therapy to relieve anxiety and pain is recommended except for patients with bleeding tendencies; avoid applying intense pressure at the site of cancerous lesions or on postoperative areas.

 

The guidelines strongly recommend acupuncture by a qualified practitioner when pain or nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy are poorly controlled. It's also an option for patients suffering from dyspnea, fatigue, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, or postthoracotomy pain.

 

The complete guidelines are available online at http://www.integrativeonc.org/documents/JCI_2007_002.pdf.

 

American Botanical Council http://www.herbalgram.org

 

The Cochrane Collaboration http://www.cochrane.org

 

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/44.cfm

 

National Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://www.cancer.gov/cam/health_pdq.html

 

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database http://www.naturaldatabase.com

 

Natural Standard http://www.naturalstandard.org

 

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center http://www.mdanderson.org/CIMER

 

Source: Deng GE, et al., Integrative Oncology Practice Guidelines, Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, Spring 2007.

New guidelines for CAM and cancer patients

THE FIRST PRACTICE GUIDELINES on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for cancer patients come from the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO). The newly developed guidelines recommend that health care providers ask all cancer patients specifically about their use of complementary and alternative therapies, advise them about the advantages and limitations, and warn them to avoid therapies promoted as "alternatives" to mainstream care.

Among the adjuncts to mainstream cancer treatment recommended by the SIO are mind-body therapies that might help reduce the patient's anxiety or ease chronic pain and improve his quality of life. These include meditation, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and guided imagery. Massage therapy to relieve anxiety and pain is recommended except for patients with bleeding tendencies; avoid applying intense pressure at the site of cancerous lesions or on postoperative areas.

The guidelines strongly recommend acupuncture by a qualified practitioner when pain or nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy are poorly controlled. It's also an option for patients suffering from dyspnea, fatigue, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, or postthoracotomy pain.

The complete guidelines are available online at http://www.integrativeonc.org/documents/JCI_2007_002.pdf.

RECOMMENDED SITES FOR EVIDENCE-BASED RESOURCES

American Botanical Council http://www.herbalgram.org

The Cochrane Collaboration http://www.cochrane.org

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/44.cfm

National Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://www.cancer.gov/cam/health_pdq.html

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database http://www.naturaldatabase.com

Natural Standard http://www.naturalstandard.org

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center http://www.mdanderson.org/CIMER

Source: Deng GE, et al., Integrative Oncology Practice Guidelines, Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, Spring 2007.