Title

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Head and Neck Cancer

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-7-2022

Journal

Otolaryngologic clinics of North America

DOI

10.1016/j.otc.2022.06.007

Keywords

Alternative; CAM; CIM; Complementary; Integrative; Medicine; Oncology

Abstract

Complementary/integrative medicine (CIM) is an evolving area of collaboration between oncology, patient and their beliefs, and practitioners of complementary medicine. Evidence-informed decision-making is necessary to advise patients on which treatments may be incorporated into standard of care treatments for cancer. Patients use CIM for a variety of reasons and often have unrealistic expectations of cure or disease modifications; on the other hand, there is increasing evidence that symptoms, side effects, and dysfunction related to cancer and its treatment can be ameliorated by CIM approaches to improve patient satisfaction and quality of life. Open communication between patients and providers is paramount.

Department

Surgery

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