Traditional and complementary medicine used with curative intent in childhood cancer: A systematic review. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) strategies are widely utilized in pediatric oncology, with many families reporting T&CM use with the intention to cure cancer. Study of T&CM agents presents many challenges, as a heterogeneous group of agents and techniques are used for a variety of different purpose in many different oncologic conditions. We present a systematic review of the literature examining published reports in which T&CM agents are used with an intention of cure. Twenty-two reports were identified, with most reports being of poor quality. Novel paradigms are likely needed to further investigate T&CM agents.

authors

  • Diorio, Caroline
  • Salena, Kristen
  • Ladas, Elena J
  • Lam, Catherine G
  • Afungcwhi, Glenn M
  • Njuguna, Festus
  • Marjerrison, Stacey

publication date

  • September 2017