Teaching complementary medicine at an academic oncology department

Eran Ben-Arye, Moshe Frenkel, Gil Bar-Sela, Ruth Stashefsky Margalit, Doron Hermoni, Abraham Kuten

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Background. The increased use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by patients with cancer is a significant phenomenon in cancer care and suggests the need for increased knowledge by clinicians of these therapies. Methods. Aiming at bridging the gap in knowledge of the philosophy and practice of major CAM modalities in cancer care, an elective course was offered to physicians and nurses in a large academic center. Results. The course also aimed at providing the tools necessary to establish open and trusting clinician-patient dialogue regarding CAM. Conclusions. Exposure to the course was successful in improving knowledge and attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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