Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage and Yoga Practice in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer
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Metastatic Breast Cancer
Complementary And Alternative Medicine
Cultural Differences


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Worcester, C. ., & Pandya, C. . (2022). Complementary and Alternative Medicine Usage and Yoga Practice in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Dev Sanskriti Interdisciplinary International Journal, 19, 54–60.


Metastatic breast cancer has a poor prognosis, and many patients practice yoga or use other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in their healthcare. CAM has risks and benefits, and it will be useful to understand the role of CAM integrated with conventional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.  Patients with metastatic cancer may respond differently to CAM than those without metastases, and less literature has addressed disease progression in this regard. This short review will attempt to address CAM usage in patients with breast cancer, focused on metastatic disease. The review will address some geographical and cultural differences in CAM usage, benefits of yoga for this patient population to improve quality of life, and highlight study limitations and implementation.
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