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The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Korean Breast Cancer Women: Is It Associated with Severity of Symptoms?

Title
The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Korean Breast Cancer Women: Is It Associated with Severity of Symptoms?
Author
한동운
Keywords
QUALITY-OF-LIFE; SURVIVORS; DEPRESSION; FATIGUE; PERCEPTIONS; MULTICENTER; DISTRESS; ANXIETY; YOGA; CAM
Issue Date
2015-12
Publisher
HINDAWI PUBLISHING CORPORATION
Citation
EVIDENCE-BASED COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, v. 2015, Article number 182475, Page. 1-7
Abstract
Background. Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among patients with breast cancer could be associated with severity of the cancer symptoms experienced, but there is little evidence to prove this. This study tried to investigate any difference in the severity of breast cancer symptoms between CAM users and nonusers. Methods. The study followed cross-sectional design using structured survey questionnaire. Survey participants were recruited from four different healthcare settings in Seoul, South Korea. The survey instrument comprised 39 items including questions on demographics, use of CAM, and six main symptoms associated with breast cancer and cancer treatment. Results. Out of 288 participants, 67% stated using one or more modalities of CAM. Age, education, and time duration since diagnosis of cancer were significantly associated with use of CAM. About 90% of the CAM users experienced side effects of cancer treatment. CAM users reported more severe anxiety and skin/hair changes than nonusers. Conclusions. CAM was used by those breast cancer patients who experience more severe symptoms to alleviate the conditions associated with breast cancer and cancer treatment. Our findings revealed motivation behind the CAM use, which has profound implications for clinicians to recognize patient-perceived needs.
URI
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/182475/http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/30055
ISSN
1741-427X; 1741-4288
DOI
10.1155/2015/182475
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