Two Recipients Share $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Rapson (Toronto, ON) & Dr. Gregor Reid (London, ON) Award celebrates…
Complementary and alternative medicine (often referred to by the acronym “CAM”) encompasses a wide range of therapies that fall outside the treatments offered by conventional medicine. Repeated studies* have found that more than three quarters of Canadians use CAM therapies to treat a myriad of health conditions. The 10 most frequently reported medical conditions for which CAM therapies were used are:
You might be surprised to learn that many commonly accessed or used treatments are actually included under the umbrella of complementary and alternative medicine. The 10 most commonly used CAM therapies in Canada are:
While cancer is not on this list as it is less prevalent than the ten listed conditions, it is well known that people with cancer are high users of CAM. A paper in the 2006 Journal of Psychosocial Oncology estimated that 80% of adult cancer patients use at least one form of CAM during or after treatment (J Psychosoc Oncol 2006;23(4):35-60).