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Table 3 Reasons for CAM use amongst 168 CAM users

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use amongst Malaysian orthopaedic oncology patients

Reasons for using CAM All patients (N = 168) (%) Malignant (N = 123) (%) Benign (N = 45) (%) P1 Adults (N = 143) (%) Paediatric (N = 25) (%) P2
Enhance overall health/physical well-being 101 (60.1) 80 (65.0) 21 (46.7) 0.03 87 (60.8) 14 (56.0) 0.648
Trying everything that can help 100 (59.5) 79 (64.2) 21 (46.7) 0.04 85 (59.4) 15 (60.0) 0.958
Enhance wound healing 66 (39.3) 42 (34.1) 24 (53.3) 0.02 58 (40.6) 8 (32.0) 0.419
Control disease progression 54 (32.1) 39 (31.7) 15 (33.3) 0.84 44 (30.8) 10 (40.0) 0.362
Boost immune system to fight disease 46 (27.4) 36 (29.3) 10 (22.2) 0.36 37 (25.9) 9 (36.0) 0.295
Alleviate disease symptoms/toxic effect of conventional therapy 44 (26.2) 29 (23.6) 15 (33.3) 0.2 36 (25.2) 8 (32.0) 0.474
Improve psychological well-being and finding hope 30 (17.9) 21 (17.1) 9 (20.0) 0.66 27 (18.9) 3 (12.0) 0.574
More compatible with own value/belief towards life and health 26 (15.5) 22 (17.9) 4 (8.9) 0.15 24 (16.8) 2 (8.0) 0.374
Allow to relax and helps in sleep 24 (14.3) 20 (16.3) 4 (8.9) 0.23 20 (14.0) 4 (16.0) 0.76
Seeking a cure 23 (13.7) 17 (13.8) 6 (13.3) 0.94 19 (13.3) 4 (16.0) 0.753
Complementary effect to conventional medicine 21 (12.5) 15 (12.2) 6 (13.3) 0.84 16 (11.2) 5 (20.0) 0.207
More control over own treatment 15 (8.9) 11 (8.9) 4 (8.9) 1 12 (8.4) 3 (12.0) 0.471
Conventional treatment is too toxic 7 (4.2) 6 (4.9) 1 (2.2) 0.68 6 (4.2) 1 (4.0) 1
Dissatisfied with conventional medicine 4 (2.4) 3 (2.4) 1 (2.2) 1 4 (2.8) 0 1
  1. Columns do not sum to 100% due to the option of multiple answers.
  2. P1comparison of patients with malignant verses benign tumours.
  3. P2comparison of adult verses paediatric patients.