Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Initiation
This was a multicenter, prospective cohort study designed to evaluate the association between use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and breast cancer chemotherapy initiation in 685 women with early-stage breast cancer. Baseline CAM use was reported in the majority of patients (87%) prior to enrollment. Patients who reported higher use of CAM, particularly dietary and vitamin supplements, were more likely to forgo recommended chemotherapy.
Almost 90% of women with early-stage breast cancer reported using CAM. The use of some CAM modalities may affect uptake of chemotherapy, and oncologists should include a discussion on CAM when formulating a management plan.
– Jeremy Jones, MD
CAM has so far shown NO role in cancers in terms of remission rates, duration of response, median survival or total survival They may also offer a patient false hope. They are generally not thoroughly analyzed so one does really know what they are getting and certainly does not know what interaction it can have with proven therapy. But be advised, it is common and PLEASE talk with your doctor before any use of these agents Dr Ryan