Event Title

Complementary and Alternative Therapy for Cancer

Presenter Information

Lindsey Birch, Radford University

Location

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, Room 1311

Start Date

8-4-2017 2:10 PM

End Date

8-4-2017 2:30 PM

Description

The purpose of this research project was to determine whether complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could improve cancer symptoms and to further research whether it is considered safe. Research in this area is relevant because it is becoming known that certain foods, specifically plants and herbs with pigments and phytochemicals, have curative properties for the ill. In addition, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, and radiation are complicated with many side effects. Review of the literature was completed by locating original research articles in professional journal databases. I developed and conducted a survey with the caregivers of cancer patients to determine their perceptions of CAM therapies. Results of this research found that many cancer survivors find CAM therapies to greatly improve quality of life and reduce stress. More research needs to be conducted to determine whether CAM can be effective at treating cancer and in what scenarios CAM therapies are considered to be safe.

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Apr 8th, 2:10 PM Apr 8th, 2:30 PM

Complementary and Alternative Therapy for Cancer

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, Room 1311

The purpose of this research project was to determine whether complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) could improve cancer symptoms and to further research whether it is considered safe. Research in this area is relevant because it is becoming known that certain foods, specifically plants and herbs with pigments and phytochemicals, have curative properties for the ill. In addition, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, and radiation are complicated with many side effects. Review of the literature was completed by locating original research articles in professional journal databases. I developed and conducted a survey with the caregivers of cancer patients to determine their perceptions of CAM therapies. Results of this research found that many cancer survivors find CAM therapies to greatly improve quality of life and reduce stress. More research needs to be conducted to determine whether CAM can be effective at treating cancer and in what scenarios CAM therapies are considered to be safe.