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Demographic, medical, and psychosocial correlates to CAM use among survivors of colorectal cancer.
: Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) use among cancer patients is becoming more prevalent; however, our understanding of factors contributing to patients' decisions to participate in CAM is limited. This study examined correlates of CAM use among colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors, an understudied population that experiences many physical and psychological difficulties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample was 191, predominantly white, CRC survivors (mean age = 59.9 +/- 12.6) who were members of a colon disease registry at a NYC metropolitan hospital. Participants completed assessments of sociodemographic characteristics, psychosocial factors [e.g., psychological functioning, cancer specific distress, social support (SS), quality of life (QOL)], and past CAM use (e.g., chiropractic care, acupuncture, relaxation, hypnosis, and homeopathy). MAIN RESULTS: Seventy-five percent of participants reported using at least one type of CAM; most frequently reported was home remedies (37%). Younger (p < 0.01) or female patients (p < 0.01) were more likely to participate in CAM than their older male counterparts. Among psychosocial factors, poorer perceived SS (p = 0.00), more intrusive thoughts (p < 0.05), and poorer overall perceived QOL (p < 0.05) were associated to CAM use. In a linear regression model (including age, gender, SS, intrusive thoughts, and perceived QOL), only age remained a significant predictor of CAM use. CONCLUSION: These findings demonstrate that CAM use is prevalent among CRC survivors and should be assessed routinely by providers. CAMs may serve as a relevant adjunct to treatment among CRC patients as well as an indication of need for additional SS, especially among younger patients.
Department of Oncological Sciences, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1425 Madison Avenue, P.O. Box 1130, New York, NY, 10029, USA, Catalina.Lawsin@mssm.edu
The miracles of modern medicine are not be taken lightly. The mere fact that the longevity of the average person is much longer than it was a few decades ago should be sufficient evidence of its value. However, the story does not stop there. Modern allopathic medicine focus primarily based on systems involving pharmaceuticals and surgery. Very little emphasis is placed on the power of the mind. Even though drug trials will consider placebo and nocebo effects, still little effort is made to understand why they play a role. Furthermore, there's little explanation as to why several research...
It is sad to see middle-age and older people who display the cumulative effects of long-term smoking. Many years of cigar, cigarette, or pipe smoking seems to affect every cell and organ in their body. You can see it in their complexions and hear it in their voices. Those that eventually come to see me, tell me that they have always been aware of the long-term consequences. However, they say that they could never successful quit the habit. Unfortunately, while it is never too late to give up smoking, but the time that we meet, the damage to their body is extensive.
TMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint. Frequently people say that they have TMJ. However, what they actually mean is that they have TMD, which means temporomandibular disorder. The TMJ is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to temporal bone of the skull. TMD occurs when there are problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and the surrounding muscles.
TMD can occur due to numerous causes. These include accidents, clinching or grinding the teeth, arthritis, or stress. While the use of hypnotherapy normally focuses on stress alleviation, it should not be ruled out as part of the...