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Biological Therapies The Most Popular Alternative Therapy Option For Breast Cancer Patients

February 19, 2010 by  

Biological therapies the most popular alternative therapy option for breast cancer patientsThe most popular complementary and alternative (CAM) medicines for women suffering from breast cancer are biologically based therapies, such as vitamins or dietary supplements, a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher has found.

Gwen Wyatt of MSU’s College of Nursing, who is working to create a support intervention program for women recovering from breast cancer, looked at the five major categories of alternative therapies, including biological, mind-body, manipulative and body, energy and alternative medical systems.

After biologically based therapies, the second most popular CAM treatment option were mind-body therapies, which involve the use of audio tapes, video and music therapy.

Wyatt also discovered that the majority of women recovering from breast cancer surgery are using CAM methods without the full knowledge of their benefits.

"Women are using these therapies, but they have little education about safety and efficacy," said Wyatt. "They could really benefit from information on how to make a wise decision and choose the best therapies."

Women recovering from breast cancer who are interested in alternative therapies should consult their physician.
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