Medicina alternativa e trattamento Di Bella. Un questionario indirizzato agli oncoematologi e oncologi pediatri Italiani

Translated title of the contribution: Alternative medicine and Di Bella's treatment. A questionnaire directed to the Italian pediatrician oncologists

G. R. Burgio, F. Locatelli

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Abstract

Oncology and haematology-oncology have consented a wide employment of alternative therapies. Lately, this phenomenon is emerging also in the paediatric setting. In particular, in Italy, in the last 2-3 years the so-called Di Bella therapy (TDB) has met with a large consensus. Nonetheless, it has roused conflicting outcries in Europe, and several Italian paediatric haematologists and oncologists had to deal with the problems thence ensued. We endeavoured to analyse this issue from a clinical point of view, through a 9-query questionnaire, sent to the 48 Centres (or Divisions) adhering to FONOP (National Paediatric Oncology Operating Force). Among the most significant aspects emerged from the study, it ís noteworthy that, very often, children experiencing single or multiole relapse (of solid neoplasms and leukaemia) are prone to be treated with TDB after having abandoned conventional anti-tumour treatment. However, also some children at the beginning of chemotherapy or early after diagnosis have moved to TDB, thus renouncing the possibilities of exploiting all chances offered by therapies validated by the scientific community. This questionnaire also provided some pedagogic evaluations concerning the attitude and opinions of paediatricians on this issue.

Translated title of the contributionAlternative medicine and Di Bella's treatment. A questionnaire directed to the Italian pediatrician oncologists
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)1111-1117
Number of pages7
JournalRivista Italiana di Pediatria
Volume25
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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