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
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Alternative medicine is also threatened by conventional physicians who refuse to embrace new medical concepts and carry the guilt of watching patients suffer and die. If insurance providers and healthcare plans begin to offer insurance “subsidies,” we could see a rise in the public making more visits to complementary and alternative medicine providers than they do for in-patient medical treatment services.

The biggest loser would be the pharmaceutical companies due to the reduction in drug use that only suppress symptoms and produce toxic side effects. In the complementary and alternative medical treatment therapies, drugs would only be used intermittently and not as a regular course of treatment. If there is a change in how physicians treat cancer patients, from sick-care to healthcare, acupuncture could also be prescribed to reduce nausea and vomiting when necessary as well as other forms of CAM therapy.

In order to improve their quality of life, alleviate symptoms of distress accompanying cancer treatment and to boost their immune system (Chih-Fen Ku, et. a, 201l), patient use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for improvement and maintenance of health has increased among the general public in spite of debatable value, effectiveness and safety issues.

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