A Short Review: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Lung CancerRaj Parikh1 and Niranjan Jeganathan2*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Niranjan Jeganathan MD
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
1750 W. Harrison Street
297 Jelke South Center, Chicago
IL 60612, USA
Fax: 312 942-8187
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 18, 2014; Accepted date: August 20, 2014; Published date: August 22, 2014
Citation: Parikh R, Jeganathan N (2014) A Short Review: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Lung Cancer. J Anc Dis Prev Rem 2:115. doi: 10.4172/2329-8731.1000115
Copyright: © 2014 Parikh R, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a growing field that has started to integrate itself into the management of many diseases and disorders, including cancer. As more patients continue to incorporate the use of CAM into their treatment plans, it is important to understand the mechanism and clinical effectiveness of CAM. This review focuses on the role of CAM in lung cancer, including the available research trials that have focused on evaluating symptom control, quality of life, and survival rates in lung cancer patients. We have also reviewed the potential risks and benefits of several CAM medications as well as the future direction of this field.