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Naturopathic Oncology Care for Pediatric Cancers: A Practice Survey


The majority of pediatric oncology patients report use of complementary and alternative medicine. Some naturopathic doctors (NDs) provide supportive pediatric oncology care; however, little information exists to formally describe this clinical practice. A survey was conducted with members of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians ( to describe recommendations across four therapeutic domains: natural health products (NHPs), nutrition, physical medicine, and mental/emotional support.

Intravenous vitamin C in the supportive care of cancer patients: a review and rational approach

This article reviews intravenous vitamin C (IV C) in cancer care and offers a rational approach to enable medical oncologists and integrative practitioners to safely provide IV C combined with oral vitamin C to patients. The use of IV C is a safe supportive intervention to decrease inflammation in the patient and to improve symptoms related to antioxidant deficiency, disease processes, and side effects of standard cancer treatments. A proposed rationale, together with relevant clinical safety considerations for the application of IV C in oncologic supportive care, is provided.

Naturopathic Oncology Care for Thoracic Cancers: A Practice Survey

Background and Objectives: There is a lack of information on therapies recommended by naturopathic doctors (NDs) for lung and gastroesophageal cancer care. Study objectives were to: (1) identify the most common interventions considered for use by NDs; (2) identify interventions NDs recommend to support key therapeutic goals; and (3) identify potential contraindications between integrative and conventional therapies.

Methods: Oncology Association

The effects of green tea consumption on incidence of breast cancer and recurrence of breast cancer: a systematic review.

BACKGROUND: Green tea is widely used by women for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The authors aimed to determine the efficacy of green tea ingestion on the risk of breast cancer development and the risk of breast cancer recurrence. METHODS: The authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analyses of observational studies from systematic searches of 8 electronic data sources and contact with authors. They included studies assessing breast cancer incidence and recurrence.

Melatonin in the treatment of cancer: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials and meta-analysis.

Most observational studies show an association between melatonin and cancer in humans. We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of melatonin in solid tumor cancer patients and its effect on survival at 1 yr. With the aid of an information specialist, we searched 10 electronic databases from inception to October 2004. We included trials using melatonin as either sole treatment or as adjunct treatment. Pre-specified criteria guided our assessment of trial quality. We conducted a meta-analysis using a random effects model.

In vitro analysis of the herbal compound Essiac.

BACKGROUND: Despite the recommendation of the Task Force on Alternative Therapies of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative, little research has been published on the widely used herbal compound Essiac. We aimed to address this deficiency by conducting a series of assays to determine some of the purported activities of Essiac in vitro.

An in vivo analysis of the herbal compound Essiac.

BACKGROUND: Essiac is a herbal compound that has been in common use with cancer patients in North America for over 80 years. Despite its relatively widespread use, there are no peer-reviewed published reports of in vivo studies regarding the use of this compound.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Essiac was administered orally to test animals prior to all experiments. Standard assays to test protection from ethanol-induced gastric ulceration and carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic injury were performed on Wistar rats.

Metronomic dosing of chemotherapy: applications in pediatric oncology.

Pediatric cancer has a better outcome profile than adult cancers. However, refractory disease and the potential for long-term morbidity resulting from the use of conventional therapies necessitate the development of novel treatments for this population. Recent advances in oncology include the use of low dose metronomic (LDM) chemotherapy. The promise of this novel therapeutic approach includes reduced toxicity and the potential for efficacy predominantly through an antiangiogenic effect.

Barriers to participation in clinical trials of cancer: a meta-analysis and systematic review of patient-reported factors.

BACKGROUND: Enrolling participants onto clinical trials of cancer presents an important challenge. We aimed to identify the concerns of patients with cancer about, and the barriers to, participation in clinical trials.METHODS: We did a systematic review to assess studies of barriers to participation in experimental trials and randomized trials for validity and content.

Patient decision-making about complementary and alternative medicine in cancer.

OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we set out to describe the personal and social contexts of treatment decisions made by cancer patients concerning complementary and alternative medicine (cam) and also the process through which cancer patients reach cam decisions throughout the cancer trajectory. METHODS: We selected and reviewed a variety of cam decision-making models published in the past 10 years within the Canadian health literature. RESULTS: The cam decision-making process is influenced by a variety of sociodemographic, disease-related, psychological, and social factors.


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