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Cancer survivors 'using complementary medicines'

Cancer survivors 'using complementary medicines'
7th August 2008

Many cancer survivors are using complementary or alternative therapies, according to new US research.

A study published in the Cancer journal found several types of such therapies are being used by nearly half of cancer survivors, reports the Cancer Research UK website.

The most common forms of complementary and alternative alternative therapies were found to include prayer or spiritual practices and relaxation techniques.

It revealed that certain sections of the population, such as women and those with a high income, were more likely than average to undertake complementary or alternative therapies.

According to the website, co-author of the study Dr Ted Gansler expressed surprise that methods such as acupuncture and hypnosis were found to be used by fewer than two per cent of cancer survivors, despite recent studies suggesting such techniques may alleviate symptoms and pain.

Last month, Cancer Research UK launched an online chat forum for cancer patients to share experiences and exchange information.

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