Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Therapies in Cancer Patients

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Therapies in Cancer Patients Acquiring the knowledge and understanding of how to get complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment covered by health insurance companies can be extremely convoluted and unclear—in fact, one would be hard-pressed to make a specific statement regarding CAM treatment because coverage varies so significantly depending on state laws, regulations, and differences among specific health insurance plans. Considering the use of CAM therapy requires extensive investigation of your health insurance providers’ plans to determine if any portion of this treatment will be covered; and utilization of other agencies such as the National Center for Complementary…show more content…
Currently several states in the U.S. are conducting clinical trials that are being sponsored by the Southwest Oncology Group in collaboration with the National Institute on Cancer and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) on the use of acupuncture in the treatment of joint pain in breast cancer patients. Studies of this nature are necessary to determine the effectiveness and benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of cancer patients. Specifically, decrease of joint pain, long-term effects and safety and tolerance of acupuncture (Clinical Trials.gov). This article was very informative as it was written by a cancer survivor and a physician who is known as the “Voice of Alternative Medicine” and has written 18 books on Alternative Medicine, including a best-selling Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide. He has spent over 40 years traveling the world conducting truthful research on both conventional and alternative medical treatments for cancer patients. His search for treatment methods that proved to be successful carried him mostly to Germany as their non-traditional treatment therapies seemed to work very well for treating his cancer as he is in remission for the second time in his fight with cancer. According to this author, cancer is Big Business and its’ allies are the
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