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Complementary and alternative medical therapies used by children with cancer treated at an Italian pediatric oncology unit.
Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009 Oct; 53(4):599-604.PB

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Research has identified a growing use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in the pediatric oncology setting and health care professionals should consider how they might interact with and/or be used in lieu of conventional treatment. The present study was designed to establish the prevalence of CAM usage at an Italian pediatric oncology department, and the reasons why patients used these unconventional therapies.

PROCEDURE

This was an observational study involving parents whose children were treated for tumors at the pediatric oncology unit of the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milano. Data were collected on their sociodemographic variables and their use of CAM by means of a self-administered questionnaire.

RESULTS

We distributed 145 questionnaires and 97 of them (67%) were returned. Judging from this survey, 12.4% of the children used at least one type of CAM and homoeopathy was the most often used. Benefits were reported by 83% of parents. The most common reasons for using CAM were to reduce the side-effects of conventional therapies. The oncologists taking care of the patients were notified of the child's use of CAM in only one case.

CONCLUSION

CAM were used not as a substitute but in addition to conventional treatments. In almost all cases, oncologists were not informed that a child was using CAM, posing a risk of any interaction with pharmacological treatments being inadequately understood.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Pediatric Oncology Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy. carlo.clerici@unimi.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19492321

Citation

Clerici, Carlo Alfredo, et al. "Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies Used By Children With Cancer Treated at an Italian Pediatric Oncology Unit." Pediatric Blood & Cancer, vol. 53, no. 4, 2009, pp. 599-604.
Clerici CA, Veneroni L, Giacon B, et al. Complementary and alternative medical therapies used by children with cancer treated at an Italian pediatric oncology unit. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009;53(4):599-604.
Clerici, C. A., Veneroni, L., Giacon, B., Mariani, L., & Fossati-Bellani, F. (2009). Complementary and alternative medical therapies used by children with cancer treated at an Italian pediatric oncology unit. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 53(4), 599-604. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.22093
Clerici CA, et al. Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies Used By Children With Cancer Treated at an Italian Pediatric Oncology Unit. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009;53(4):599-604. PubMed PMID: 19492321.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Complementary and alternative medical therapies used by children with cancer treated at an Italian pediatric oncology unit. AU - Clerici,Carlo Alfredo, AU - Veneroni,Laura, AU - Giacon,Barbara, AU - Mariani,Luigi, AU - Fossati-Bellani,Franca, PY - 2009/6/4/entrez PY - 2009/6/6/pubmed PY - 2009/9/9/medline SP - 599 EP - 604 JF - Pediatric blood & cancer JO - Pediatr Blood Cancer VL - 53 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: Research has identified a growing use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in the pediatric oncology setting and health care professionals should consider how they might interact with and/or be used in lieu of conventional treatment. The present study was designed to establish the prevalence of CAM usage at an Italian pediatric oncology department, and the reasons why patients used these unconventional therapies. PROCEDURE: This was an observational study involving parents whose children were treated for tumors at the pediatric oncology unit of the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milano. Data were collected on their sociodemographic variables and their use of CAM by means of a self-administered questionnaire. RESULTS: We distributed 145 questionnaires and 97 of them (67%) were returned. Judging from this survey, 12.4% of the children used at least one type of CAM and homoeopathy was the most often used. Benefits were reported by 83% of parents. The most common reasons for using CAM were to reduce the side-effects of conventional therapies. The oncologists taking care of the patients were notified of the child's use of CAM in only one case. CONCLUSION: CAM were used not as a substitute but in addition to conventional treatments. In almost all cases, oncologists were not informed that a child was using CAM, posing a risk of any interaction with pharmacological treatments being inadequately understood. SN - 1545-5017 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19492321/Complementary_and_alternative_medical_therapies_used_by_children_with_cancer_treated_at_an_Italian_pediatric_oncology_unit_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.22093 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -