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Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cancer-Related Symptoms

Call for Papers

Millions of people worldwide live with a diagnosis of cancer. Developments in cancer screening and treatments have led to improved survival rates. Unfortunately, this increase in survival rates is frequently associated with cancer- or treatment-related symptoms that can generate disability and reduce quality of life in patients. Some of these cancer-related symptoms are common across different oncology processes and may include fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and physical functioning impairments that reduce the patient’s ability to cope with the demands of their occupational and personal lifestyles. Cancer patients often use modalities of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) mind-body therapies, such as massage, yoga, exercise, herbs, acupuncture, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and nutritional interventions to reduce the impact of cancer-related symptoms on their lives. What is needed is a greater understanding of how both Western therapy and CAM can be used in conjunction with one another in an integrative approach to cancer care and the treatment of its associated symptoms.

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that evaluate and/or test clinical treatment protocols and evidence-based guidelines on cancer-related symptoms and outcomes. We particularly encourage submission of articles from all disciplines and fields of study that explore the effectiveness of different components of CAM in this distressing and growing health problem.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical research of massage/manual therapies in the management of cancer-related symptoms
  • Clinical research of CAM on health-related quality of life of cancer patients
  • Clinical research on CAM in cancer-related symptoms during all forms of cancer treatment
  • Clinical research on CAM in cancer-related symptoms during the posttreatment survivorship phase
  • Safety and efficacy of CAM in the management of cancer- related symptoms
  • Role of CAM in terminal cancer
  • Body-mind processes in cancer-related symptoms
  • Biobehavioral, physiological, and biophysical basis of the efficacy of CAM in cancer-related symptoms
  • Theoretical-based mechanisms of action of CAM in cancer- related symptoms
  • Cost effectiveness of CAM in cancer-related symptoms
  • Role of CAM in cancer-inflammation interactions
  • Clinical research on CAM in drug resistant cancer therapy
  • Role of spiritual therapy in cancer-related symptoms
  • Clinical research on CAM in cancer therapy-related symptoms
Manuscript DueFriday, 12 September 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 5 December 2014
Publication DateFriday, 30 January 2015

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