Determinants of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Cancer Survivors

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Dr. Jun James Mao, MD, MSCE is an Assistant Professor and Director of Integrative Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. As a board certified family physician and licensed acupuncturist, he combines conventional and integrative approaches to treat patients, with a particular focus on symptom management in cancer. Dr. Mao’s research focuses on investigating the effects, mechanisms and integration of acupuncture for symptom management among cancer patients and survivors.

This lecture was delivered as part of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine's Grand Rounds series on February 10, 2009. Copyright 2009 by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE.

The streaming video presentation lasts approximately 46 minutes.

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1. Learn the rate of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by cancer survivors in the U.S., Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.

2. Describe the extent of CAM use by cancer survivors as compared to other chronic disease populations and healthy individuals.

3. Understand the relationship between patient-perceived unmet needs from the existing cancer support system and CAM use among cancer survivors.

4. Learn breast cancer survivors' perspectives on integrative cancer care.