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Table 4 CAM users’ attitudes and beliefs

From: Complementary and alternative medicine use among patients with cancer in Mongolia: a National hospital survey

Category N – 231 %
Source of CAM information
 Other patients 57 24.7
 Family members 52 22.5
 Friends 44 19.0
 Mass media/internet 35 15.2
 Health professionals 14 6.1
 Others 29 12.6
Reasons for using CAMa
 To cure the cancer 96 41.6
 To boost the immune system 82 35.5
 Relief from symptoms 42 18.2
 Others 26 11.3
Use of CAM is safe
 Agree 152 65.8
 Neutral 54 23.4
 Disagree 25 10.8
CAM use and conventional cancer treatment is safe
 Agree 88 38.1
 Neutral 57 24.7
 Disagree 86 37.2
Disclosure of CAM use to doctor
 Yes 67 29.0
 No 164 71.0
Reason for nondisclosure (N – 164)
 Doctor did not ask 124 75.6
 Not necessary 31 18.9
 Fear that doctor would disapprove 9 5.5
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