Would you use complementary and alternative medicines (CAMS)? Well, research has shown that up to three quarters of patients with cancer may at least supplement their treatment with such therapies, spending as much on CAMS as conventional drugs. How do you decide? This book provides a full range of perspectives on CAMS from patients and CAMS practitioners to conventional doctors who oppose the use of these alternative treatments because of the lack of evidence of efficacy and safety. Then there are the CAMS researchers, educators and regulators who view CAMS from different perspectives. The broad array of opinions build a complete picture of the issues for discerning readers to be adequately informed to make up their minds and draw their own conclusions.
Classification of Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMS); Meditation as a Complementary Therapy; Is Spirituality Part of CAMS?; Use of CAMS by Patients with Cancer; How Patients Speak About CAMS; Patient Empowerment and CAMS; Regulation of CAMS; CAMS Policy; Regulation of CAMS; CAMS and a National Institute for Complementary Medicine; Research and CAMS; CAMS Interactions with Conventional Medicine; Doctors' and Pharmacists'; Knowledge and Attitudes to CAMS; Perspective on CAMS from Primary Care; Perspective on CAMS from a Medical Oncologist; Perspective on CAMS from a Surgeon; Perspective from a CAMS Practitioner; Chinese Medicine Perspective on CAMS; Teaching CAMS to Medical Students; Integrating CAMS into Conventional Medicine;