CAM PREVALENCE ON THE RISE AMONG PEDIATRIC PATIENTS
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies is
highly prevalent among pediatric oncology patients, research finds. Of 75
pediatric patients receiving conventional treatment for cancer at the
Babies and Children's Hospital of New York, 63 (84 percent) reported
having used at least one CAM therapy since diagnosis. Users and non-users
of CAM modalities did not differ significantly by age, ethnicity, family
income, or level of parental education.
Dietary changes, nutritional
supplements, and herbal remedies were among the most commonly reported
remedies. Parents of pediatric patients mentioned only half of the CAM
modalities they tried to their child's physician. The majority (85
percent) of these children were also enrolled in clinical protocols for
Given the high frequency of CAM use among pediatric
oncology patients and the possibility of interaction with chemotherapy and
other conventional treatments, the researchers stress the need for further
research on CAM therapies for all patients.
Source: Kelly KM, Jacobson JS, Kennedy DD, Braudt SM, Mallick M, Weiner
MA. Use of unconventional therapies by children with cancer at an urban
medical center. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2000;22(5):412-416.
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