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Complementary and Alternative Therapy Use in Breast Cancer: Notable Findings

Eckerd Lambe, Camille

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e3182a297f4
Feature: research

ABSTRACT: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is prevalent among women treated for breast cancer but poorly understood in some ethnic groups. This exploratory descriptive study characterized CAM use for treatment and general health among African and European American women with breast cancer. African American women reported higher CAM use and marked emphasis on faith among other differences from European American women. Implications for practice are discussed.

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Camille Eckerd Lambe, PhD, RN, is a nurse practitioner with extensive clinical experience in medical oncology and end-of-life issues. She teaches oncology and palliative care at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

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Accepted by peer review 4/18/2013.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2013 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship