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Table 3 Reasons for deciding to use CAM

From: Prevalence, patterns, and perceived value of complementary and alternative medicine among cancer patients: a cross-sectional, descriptive study

Reason Type of cancer: Number of patients (%)  
  Breast (n = 67) Prostate (n = 36) Ovarian (n = 17) Colon (n = 12) Other (n = 5) Total (n = 137)
The patient was disappointed with CM 11 (16.4) 5 (13.9) 5 (29.4) 3 (25.0) 2 (40.0) 26 (19.0)
CM was too toxic or damaging 4 (6.2) 4 (11.1) 4 (11.8) 2 (16.7) 1 (20.0) 13 (9.6)
CAM was more in keeping with personal beliefs and the inner self 38 (56.7) 22 (61.1) 10 (58.8) 9 (75.0) 2 (40.0) 81 (59.1)
The patient felt the desire to take control of treatment 20 (29.9) 14 (38.9) 6 (35.3) 1 (8.3) 1 (20.0) 42 (30.7)
CM was too mechanistic and lacked the human touch 4 (6.0) 4 (11.1) 2 (11.8) 2 (16.7) 0 (0.0) 12 (8.8)
The patient felt the desire to try everything that could help 45 (67.2) 26 (72.2) 11 (64.7) 9 (75.0) 1 (25.0) 92 (67.6)
CM was too expensive 32 (34.3) 18 (50.0) 9 (52.9) 4 (33.3) 0 (0.0) 54 (39.4)
  1. CAM complementary and alternative medicine, CM conventional medicine. Data are the number (percentage)