Patients also viewed the use of CAM together with conventional treatment as a more integrative and holistic approach for the treatment of their cancer and associated side-effects .
High prevalence of CAM use was also reported among Taiwanese homebound cancer patients (61%)  and in our local pediatric cancer patients (67.1%) .
Possible explanations to account for the high usage of CAM in cancer patients include to boost the immune system, relieve pain and control complications or side-effects related to disease or treatment .
Currently in Singapore, there is a lack of information addressing the prevalence and possible patient factors and their clinical characteristics that may influence CAM use among adult cancer patients.
Hence, a study was conducted at National Cancer Centre (NCC), the largest ambulatory cancer center in Singapore, to (i) determine the prevalence of CAM use in adult cancer patients, (ii) identify the most commonly used CAM, (iii) estimate the acquisition costs of CAM and (iv) determine patient sociodemographics and their clinical characteristics influencing the use of CAM.
Conclusion: Majority of adult cancer patients used CAM and it is important for health-care professionals to keep abreast of research on CAM, to actively illicit information regarding usage and to provide appropriate advice and counseling.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been defined as ‘a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine’ .Fifty-six percent of patients reported CAM usage and the most commonly used CAM include Traditional Chinese Medicine, bird's nest and special diet.CAM use was found to be associated with race, education level and prior CAM use before cancer diagnosis.Studies have shown that cancer patients who use CAM tend to be female, married, higher earners, better educated and those who have used CAM before their cancer diagnoses [8, 19].Also, colorectal and breast cancer patients seem to be more likely to use dietary supplements as compared with lung cancer patients . You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS.