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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Dec;54(6):1043-60; xiii.

Complementary and alternative therapies in pediatric oncology.

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Department of Pediatric Oncology, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, 2525 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA.


Evidence on the science of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in children with cancer is slowly evolving. Most parents of children with cancer want their children to receive state-of-the-art therapy, which generally includes chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Increasingly, they also want the concomitant use of CAM therapies to help effect a cure or to alleviate symptoms. The ideal model of integrative pediatric oncology offers safe and effective CAM therapies in a pediatric hospital or medical center setting which participates in the clinical trials network of a pediatric oncology cooperative group setting.

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