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Table 4 Reasons for CAM use (n = 122)

From: The use of complementary and alternative medicine after the completion of hospital treatment for colorectal cancer: findings from a questionnaire study in Denmark

Reasons Number of responses (n = 217; several responses possible) %
Better physical well-being 51 41.8
Maybe it helps, and doesn’t do any harm 29 23.8
To do something actively 29 23.8
Support the body’s ability to fight the disease 24 18.9
Better mental/psychological well-being, e.g. to give hope, optimism 20 16.4
Counteract the negative side-effects of cancer or the medical treatment 17 13.9
To do everything to fight the disease 15 12.3
Effect on the disease itself 11 9
Other 21 15.6