The Clinical Nutrition & Oncology Research Group in University College Cork are currently running a study funded by the Irish Cancer Society looking into the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in cancer treatment. The study aims to gather information from people who have had (or still have) cancer and the professionals who care for them.
Currently little is known about the use of CAM during the cancer journey in Ireland and by hearing directly from those who are affected by cancer and their healthcare providers, it is hoped to be able to better support the information needs of patients, address unmet needs and improve communication between them and their health professionals regarding CAM.
By running 2 surveys (one for patients/survivors and one for health professionals) along with more in-depth interviews with a subgroup of those completing the survey, it is hoped to identify how common the use of CAM is in cancer, why patients choose to use these therapies (or not), what the patient experience of CAM is like and how health professionals feel about CAM including how they communicate with their patients about this topic.
If you have any queries or require further information about the study contact the study coordinator, Research Dietitian Erin Sullivan