Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Use Among Individuals with…
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Use Among Individuals with Cancer
Types of CAM commonly used by patients
Manipulative body-based therapies
Use of therapeutic treatment to help alleviate pain can mitigate unpleasant symptoms during the healing process
Help in flexibility and self-control, allowing patients greater clarity and helping in pain management
Alternative Medical Systems
Traditional Indigenous medicine
Biological Based Therapies
Use of natural remedies can allow for the body to absorb medicine and vital nutrition along with healthy activity to recover without the patient drastically altering their life
Energy manipulating techniques used to aid in recovery and pain relief
Refining the mind and body can help patients feel more control over their recovery and often help promote them to maintaining an overall healthier lifestyle
Patients ability to manage self-care is a large impact on how successful treatment can be and how well they are able to recover. Making certain to consume the necessary food and drink, as well as maintaining an active lifestyle that is right for them, will be a huge impact on the healing process.
Positive and Negative Impacts CAM Use Can Have on Patient Health
Lack of documentation can cause negative interactions with conventional treatment
Uncommon communication with providers about CAM use can cause patients to avoid conventional treatment or find unproven CAM methods
Adverse affects on patient overall health
Evidence and proof of effective results supports conventional treatment and can even support existing treatment, at times increasing efficacy
Improved patient health, care experience, and satisfaction with potential to improve their condition
With proper communication with providers, patients can find proven methods of CAM use that can work alongside their existing treatment
Patients and providers benefit from open communication and from accurately tracking their treatment processes and results. If the information is properly documented then trends can be formed and studies done to confirm or deny claims of success. This will help patients suffering with debilitating conditions to recover more comfortably and without feeling like they have lost their dignity or respect. Being able to stay determined is a strong factor in a positive recovery.
Reasons for Patient CAM use
Can be part of patient wellness regime
Patients do not always want to drastically change their existing health routine. With proper approach CAM use can help support or even replace conventional treatment in some cases depending on severity. Minimizing the impact of treatment can help patients feel less of an upheaval from normalcy and allow them to have some control on their treatment and recovery process. Slightly adjusting their diet, exercise routine, or daily vitamins is a small way to help them maintain their lives.
Social or Cultural reasons
There may be religious, cultural, or social life choices that prevent patients from participating in some conventional methods of treatment. Having other options supports their life choices without potentially impacting their health in a negative way.
Having alternative approaches to treatment can give patients the peace of mind they need to focus on their recovery, which in turn will alleviate some of the potential emotional impact that treatment can have on their lives. This is a positive overall impact on their recovery and care experience.
Management of chronic conditions
In some circumstances patients may not be able to maintain some conventional treatment methods due to social or economic issues, but having CAM can allow them to still mitigate symptoms without them having to damage their financial wellness.