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Evidence-based Non-pharmacological Therapies for Palliative Cancer Care

  • William C.S. Cho

Part of the Evidence-based Anticancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine book series (ACAM, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sui-Whi Jane, Diana J. Wilkie, Mei-Nan Liao, Randal D. Beaton, Yung-Chang Lin
    Pages 53-88
  3. Eun Jin Lee, Sherry Warden
    Pages 89-111
  4. Myeong Soo Lee, Byeongsang Oh, David Rosenthal, Edzard Ernst
    Pages 113-125
  5. Kuan-Yin Lin, Jau-Yih Tsauo
    Pages 127-151
  6. Gary Elkins, Aimee Johnson, William Fisher, Jim Sliwinski
    Pages 153-173
  7. Deborah H. Ndao, Michelle Bombacie, Diane Rooney
    Pages 193-218
  8. Anne M. Williams, Caroline E. Bulsara, Anna S. Petterson
    Pages 219-251
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 275-280

About this book


Cancer is one of the leading killers in the world and the incidence is increasing, but most cancer patients and cancer survivors suffer much from the disease and its conventional treatments’ side effects. In the past, clinical data showed that some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) possessed anticancer abilities, but some clinicians and scientists have queried about the scientific validity of CAM due to the lack of scientific evidence. There is great demand in the knowledge gap to explore the scientific and evidence-based knowledge of CAM in the anticancer field. With this aim, a book series is needed to structurally deliver the knowledge to readers.

Integrative therapies comprise a variety of non-pharmacological interventions that assist in alleviating physical and psychological symptoms. Apart from being a life-threatening disease, cancer and its therapy are usually associated with a significant deterioration in the quality of life. There is growing evidence that non-pharmacological therapies provide symptom and pain management in cancer palliation. This volume is a specialised book presenting the research evidence relevant to the application of a range of commonly used non-pharmacological interventions in supportive cancer care, including massage, acupressure, Qigong, yoga, mind-body therapy, mindfulness-based intervention, and aromatherapy. A number of scientific researches and clinical studies support that these therapies offer potential beneficial effects for cancer patients in terms of reducing pain, anxiety, and other symptoms. Indeed, non-pharmacological therapies are increasingly gaining acceptance in the healthcare community as complementary to conventional cancer treatments. Most of them are non-invasive, inexpensive, and useful in improving quality of life, and they may be accessed by patients themselves.


Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) Evidence-based medicine Non-pharmacological therapies

Editors and affiliations

  • William C.S. Cho
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Clinical OncologyQueen Elizabeth HospitalKowloonHong Kong SAR

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Evidence-based Non-pharmacological Therapies for Palliative Cancer Care
  • Editors William C.S. Cho
  • Series Title Evidence-based Anticancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Series Abbreviated Title Evidence-Based Anticancer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-5832-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-8525-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-5833-9
  • Series ISSN 2211-0534
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-0542
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 280
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Complementary & Alternative Medicine
    Biomedicine, general
    Cancer Research
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From the reviews:

“This is an impressive collection of review articles examining the efficacy data, physiology, and safety of nonpharmacological therapies for cancer- (or cancer therapy-) related symptoms. … This is as a solid reference for clinicians who want to explore the evidence behind nonpharmacological therapies for symptom management. … This book is reasonably well organized with a thorough index, making it useful for relatively quick inquiries.” (Eytan Szmuilowicz, Doody’s Book Reviews, October, 2013)