Complementary and Alternative Therapies Used by Turkish Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing ChemotherapyCan G.a · Demir M.b · Aydiner A.c
aIstanbul University, Nursing Faculty, Istanbul, bNamık Kemal University Medical Health School, Tekirdag, cIstanbul University, Institute of Oncology, Istanbul, Turkey
Background: Most breast cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), usually in parallel with their conventional treatments. This study was planned to determine the prevalence and determining factors for use of CAM by breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Patients and Methods: This descriptive study was carried out between October 2010 and May 2011, and included 96 patients at the Istanbul University Institute of Oncology. The Patient Characteristics form and Complementary and Alternative Medicine Scale were used for data collection. Descriptive and nonparametric tests were performed, and logistic regression analysis was used to predict factors affecting CAM use. Results: Praying was the most frequently used form of CAM, and most of the herbal supplements used by patients were harmless. Herbal use was higher among patients who had local disease (relative risk (RR) 4.48%, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.12–17.95), and worship was more common among those who had not undergone surgery (RR 4.66%, 95% CI 1.64–13.20). Conclusion: The CAM approaches used by patients were found to be safe. However, sage and flax seed usage for estrogen- and progesterone-positive patients and exercise for patients with spinal metastasis can be inappropriate approaches. It is important to question and inform patients about CAM use during treatment.
Gulbeyaz Can, BSc., MSc., PhD., Assoc. Prof.
Istanbul Universitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi
Abide-i-Hurriyet cad. 34387 Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
Published online: December 10, 2012
Number of Print Pages : 5
Breast Care (Multidisciplinary Journal for Research, Diagnosis and Therapy)
Vol. 7, No. 6, Year 2012 (Cover Date: December 2012)
Journal Editor: Harbeck N. (München), Thomssen C. (Halle/Saale), Gnant M. (Wien)
ISSN: 1661-3791 (Print), eISSN: 1661-3805 (Online)
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