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Alternative Therapies Popular With Breast Cancer Patients



The Ontario study further documents "the communication gap that separates patient practices from physician awareness," Burstein adds. "Oncologists might be surprised to find just how common [the use of alternative therapy] is, because we tend to not ask about it."


Anne Wallace, MD, a surgical oncologist and director of the Breast Care Unit at the University of California, San Diego, agrees.


"I'd encourage patients to discuss these things with their doctors and feel comfortable in doing so," she tells WebMD. "If your doctor gives you a funny look when you mention [alternative therapies], maybe it's not because he or she disapproves of what you're doing, but because he or she is learning about these things, too. In the next decade, we will probably learn a lot about complementary and alternative medicine."


Wallace also advises patients seeking alternative therapies to go to reputable health centers and practitioners, and to remember that many herbs are actually drugs that can interact with other medications.


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