Complementary and alternative medicine use in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia: An Italian multicentric survey

Giovanni D'Arena, Luca Laurenti, Marta Coscia, Agostino Cortelezzi, Annalisa Chiarenza, Gabriele Pozzato, Maria Luigia Vigliotti, Giuseppe Nunziata, Alberto Fragasso, Maria Rosaria Villa, Alberto Grossi, Carmine Selleri, Silvia Deaglio, Antonio La Sala, Giovanni Del Poeta, Vittorio Simeon, Luig Aliberti, Laura De Martino, Aldo Giudice, Pellegrino MustoVincenzo De Feo

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Abstract

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common in patients with cancer and its use is steadily increasing over time. We performed a multicenter survey in which the use of CAM in 442 Italian patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the commonest form of leukemia in Western countries, was assessed. Data were collected by means of a face-to-face standardized questionnaire with several items. Mean age was 69 years; 258 patients (58%) were male and 184 (42%) female. Seventy-three patients (16.5%) were found to be CAM users. The most common CAM therapies were green tea, aloe formulations and high dose vitamins. Predictors of CAM use were female gender, younger age, higher education level, internet availability and newspaper reading. The reasons for CAM popularity among these patients are complex. Given the number of patients combining therapy with CAM and its possible drug interactions, doctor interest as well as patient education about CAM should be improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)841-847
Number of pages7
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Erythrocytes
  • Leukemic progenitor cells
  • Lymphocytes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Medicine(all)

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