Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with gynecological cancers in Europe

Alexandros Molasiotis, M. Browall, L. Milovics, V. Panteli, E. Patiraki, P. Fernandez-Ortega

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative medicine
  • Complementary medicine
  • Complementary therapies
  • Gynecological cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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