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Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with gynecological cancers in Europe
  1. A. Molassiotis*,
  2. M. Browall,
  3. L. Milovics,
  4. V. Panteli§,
  5. E. Patiraki§ and
  6. P. Fernandez-Ortega
  1. * School of Nursing, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  2. Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
  3. Department of Education, Institute for Oncology and Radiology, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
  4. § Greek Oncology Nursing Society, Athens, Greece
  5. Institut Català Oncologia ICO, Barcelona, Spain
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Alexander Molassiotis, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, University of Manchester, Coupland III, Coupland Street, Manchester M13 9PL, UK. Email: alex.molassiotis{at}


The aim of the present study was to assess the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) specifically in women with gynecological cancer. The design of the study was of a descriptive cross-sectional survey using a 27-item questionnaire. The study was conducted in 11 countries in Europe as part of a larger project. Data were available from 72 gynecological cancer patients. Among the participants, 40.3% used CAM after the diagnosis with cancer. The most popular CAM modalities used were herbal medicine (34.5%), relaxation techniques (21.4%), and vitamins/minerals (20.7%). A very high level of satisfaction with CAM use was reported. Patients used CAM to increase the body's ability to fight the cancer or to improve physical and emotional well-being. The main sources of information about CAM were informal (friends/family or the media). It is important to discuss CAM use with gynecological cancer patients, as they frequently use it and such use may have implications for clinical practice.

  • alternative medicine
  • complementary medicine
  • complementary therapies
  • gynecological cancer

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