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Integrative Therapies in Cancer-Symptom Management 

Integrative Therapies in Cancer-Symptom Management
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Integrative Therapies in Cancer-Symptom Management
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Brian D. Lawenda

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10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0025
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date: 21 October 2019

Chapter 25 covers cancer symptom management, and discusses both evidence-informed conventional (i.e., pharmaceutical drugs) and complementary (i.e., mind–body therapies, botanical supplements, acupuncture) therapies, the increased use of therapies that have few potential side effects and are relatively inexpensive, the importance of discussing quality control, potential interactions, and dosages with patients who take supplements, and how complementary therapies have a role in dealing with some of the more perplexing symptoms experienced by cancer patients including anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and pain, without depending entirely on prescription medications.

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