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Enhancing Cancer CareComplementary therapy and support$
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Jennifer Barraclough

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297559.001.0001

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Introducing the holistic approach to cancer care

Introducing the holistic approach to cancer care

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introducing the holistic approach to cancer care
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Enhancing Cancer Care
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Jennifer Barraclough

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297559.003.0001

In many parts of the developed world today, patients with cancer have access not only to standard medical and surgical care but also to a wide range of other therapies that are grounded in a more ‘holistic’ philosophy of health and healing. Complementary and alternative, holistic, integrative, natural, unorthodox, mind-body-spirit are some of the many names given to a large and varied group of therapies that have become popular in cancer care. Approaches include lifestyle modifications through diet and exercise; psychological and spiritual support for individuals and groups; creative expression through art and music; and a range of other therapies grouped under the umbrella term complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In this introductory chapter, the philosophy of holistic healthcare is discussed along with the reasons for the increased acceptance and popularity of these therapies, the attitudes of nurses and other professionals in oncology toward CAM, unwanted effects and limitations of the therapies, and some aspects of service delivery.

Keywords:   holistic healthcare, cancer, cancer care, complementary and alternative medicine, oncology, healing, art, music, exercise

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