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A population-based survey of complementary and alternative medicine use in men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Integr Cancer Ther. 2003 Sep; 2(3):212-6.IC

Abstract

PURPOSE

To determine prevalence and patterns of use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.

STUDY DESIGN

Men, diagnosed with prostate cancer over a 10-month period in British Columbia, Canada, were randomly selected to obtain a population-based sample.

METHODS

Surveys, addressing patient demographics, types of CAM therapies, and CAM information resources utilized, reasons for use, and disclosure to physician(s), were mailed to 1108 men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. A 42% response rate was obtained.

RESULTS

Thirty-nine percent of patients used CAM therapies with the most common being herbal supplements (saw palmetto), vitamins (vitamin E), and minerals (selenium). The most common reasons given for choosing to use CAM therapies were to (1) boost the immune system and (2) prevent recurrence. The majority of men (58%) had told their physician(s) about their CAM use, but few utilized either their family physician (15%) or their oncologist (7%) as sources of CAM information. CAM users most commonly consulted friends or family (39%) or the Internet (19%) for information about CAM. CAM users were more likely than nonusers to delay (9%) or decline (4%) conventional treatment. Respondents who had never used CAM had typically never thought about it or did not have enough information about the treatments.

CONCLUSIONS

More than one third of recently diagnosed prostate cancer patients utilize some form of CAM therapy, and the majority disclose their use to their physician(s). However, they tend to rely on anecdotal information for their CAM decision making. Dissemination of reliable CAM information is one key to helping men navigate this difficult arena.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Tzu Chi Research Group, Vancouver, BC.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15035882

Citation

Eng, Joanna, et al. "A Population-based Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Men Recently Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer." Integrative Cancer Therapies, vol. 2, no. 3, 2003, pp. 212-6.
Eng J, Ramsum D, Verhoef M, et al. A population-based survey of complementary and alternative medicine use in men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Integr Cancer Ther. 2003;2(3):212-6.
Eng, J., Ramsum, D., Verhoef, M., Guns, E., Davison, J., & Gallagher, R. (2003). A population-based survey of complementary and alternative medicine use in men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 2(3), 212-6.
Eng J, et al. A Population-based Survey of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Men Recently Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer. Integr Cancer Ther. 2003;2(3):212-6. PubMed PMID: 15035882.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A population-based survey of complementary and alternative medicine use in men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. AU - Eng,Joanna, AU - Ramsum,Darlene, AU - Verhoef,Marja, AU - Guns,Emma, AU - Davison,Joyce, AU - Gallagher,Richard, PY - 2004/3/24/pubmed PY - 2004/4/3/medline PY - 2004/3/24/entrez SP - 212 EP - 6 JF - Integrative cancer therapies JO - Integr Cancer Ther VL - 2 IS - 3 N2 - PURPOSE: To determine prevalence and patterns of use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. STUDY DESIGN: Men, diagnosed with prostate cancer over a 10-month period in British Columbia, Canada, were randomly selected to obtain a population-based sample. METHODS: Surveys, addressing patient demographics, types of CAM therapies, and CAM information resources utilized, reasons for use, and disclosure to physician(s), were mailed to 1108 men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. A 42% response rate was obtained. RESULTS: Thirty-nine percent of patients used CAM therapies with the most common being herbal supplements (saw palmetto), vitamins (vitamin E), and minerals (selenium). The most common reasons given for choosing to use CAM therapies were to (1) boost the immune system and (2) prevent recurrence. The majority of men (58%) had told their physician(s) about their CAM use, but few utilized either their family physician (15%) or their oncologist (7%) as sources of CAM information. CAM users most commonly consulted friends or family (39%) or the Internet (19%) for information about CAM. CAM users were more likely than nonusers to delay (9%) or decline (4%) conventional treatment. Respondents who had never used CAM had typically never thought about it or did not have enough information about the treatments. CONCLUSIONS: More than one third of recently diagnosed prostate cancer patients utilize some form of CAM therapy, and the majority disclose their use to their physician(s). However, they tend to rely on anecdotal information for their CAM decision making. Dissemination of reliable CAM information is one key to helping men navigate this difficult arena. SN - 1534-7354 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15035882/A_population_based_survey_of_complementary_and_alternative_medicine_use_in_men_recently_diagnosed_with_prostate_cancer_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1534735403256207?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -