Use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with cancer: A UK survey

Julia A. Scott, N. Kearney, S. Hummerston, Alexandros Molasiotis

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Over the past decade Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use in the UK has increased dramatically. However, little research appears to exist regarding its use in patients diagnosed with cancer. The study was descriptive using a survey design. Questionnaire data was collected from 127 adult patients with a diagnosis of cancer from both Scotland and England. CAM use was reported by 29% of the sample. The use of relaxation, meditation and the use of medicinal teas were the most frequently used therapies. Findings suggest that CAM use within patients diagnosed with cancer in the UK has increased which has implications for patient and health care professional education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-137
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue number2 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative therapies
  • Cancer
  • Complementary therapies
  • UK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • General Nursing
  • General Health Professions


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