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For health personnel

Here you will find information about research projects associated with NAFKAM, as well as articles written by staff at NAFKAM, on the topic of CAM and cancer.

PATH: Patient Pathways in cancer care:
A comprehensive description of the choices and results of conventional medicine, and CAM measures in cancer patients.

SENCANCER:
Sensing illness in everyday life: Care-seeking and perception of symptoms among chronic cancer patients.

TCM – as adjunct treatment to standard cancer treatment:
Acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicinal advice and traditional Chinese herbs are used as palliative adjunctive therapy in patients with rectal / colon cancer.

Development of a web-tool for the bettering of communication between health personnel and cancer patients about the use of CAM:
A web tool (Shared Decision Making Tool) that may reduce the risk and enhance safety for patients who wants to combine conventional and complementary modalities in cancer are.

Scientific publications:

2015

Stub T, Musial F, Quandt SA, Arcury TA, Salamonsen A, Kristoffersen A, Berntsen G. Mapping the risk perception and communication gap between different professions of healthcare providers in cancer care: a cross-sectional protocol. BMJ Open. 2015 Sep 3;5(9):e008236. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008236. PubMed PMID: 26338839; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4563259.

Fønnebø V. [Re: A woman in her forties with cancer, syncope and spasms]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2015 Jan 27;135(2):104. doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.14.1600. eCollection 2015 Jan 27. Norwegian. PubMed PMID: 25625971.

Salamonsen A. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with cancer or multiple sclerosis: possible public health implications. Eur J Public Health. 2015 Oct 8. pii: ckv184.  PubMed PMID: 26450914.

Mulkins AL, McKenzie E, Balneaves LG, Salamonsen A, Verhoef MJ. From the conventional to the alternative: exploring patients' pathways of cancer treatment and care. J Complement Integr Med. 2015 Aug 8. pii: /j/jcim.ahead-of-print/jcim-2014-0070/jcim-2014-0070.xml. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2014-0070. PubMed PMID: 26259233.

Health professionals and cancer patients: how to communicate effectively about complementary, integrative and alternative medicineBy Anita Salamonsen, MSc, PhD and Moshe Frenkel, MD, 2015 , CAM-Cancer

2013

Salamonsen A. 2013. Boundary walkers. The use of complementary and alternative medicine in a Scandinavian health care context. NAFKAM, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Kristoffersen A E. 2013. Use of complementary and alternative medicine among Norwegian cancer patients. NAFKAM, University of Tromsø

Kristoffersen, E A; Norheim, A J; Fønnebø V. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Norwegian Cancer Survivors: Gender-Specific Prevalence and Associations for Use. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:318781. doi: 10.1155/2013/318781. Epub 2013 Mar 28

Salamonsen, A. Doctor-patient communication and cancer patients' choice of alternative therapies as supplement or alternative to conventional care. Scand J Caring Sci. 2013 Mar;27(1):70-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2012.01002.x.

Kalager, M; Løberg, M; Fønnebø, V**; Bretthauer, M. Failure to account for selection-bias. International Journal of Cancer 2013. ISSN 0020-7136.s doi: 10.1002/ijc.28244.

2012

Kristoffersen, A E; Norheim; A J, Fønnebø, V. Any difference? Use of a CAM provider among cancer patients, coronary heart disease (CHD) patients and individuals with no cancer/CHD. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 ;Volum 12.(1) 10.1186/1472-6882-12-1

Salamonsen, A; Kruse, T; Eriksen, S H. Modes of Embodiment in Breast Cancer Patients Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Qual Health Res November 2012 vol. 22 no. 11 1497-1512.Published online August 21, 2012 DOI: 10.1177/1049732312457077

Yang, G; Li, X; Li, X; Wang, L; Li, J; Song, X; Chen, J; Guo, Y; Sun, X; Wang, S; Zhang, Z; Zhou, X; Liu, J. Traditional Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care: A Review of Case Series Published in the Chinese Literature. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 s. –

2011

Liu, J; Li, X; Liu, J; Ma, L; Li, X; Fønnebø, V. 
Traditional Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care: A Review of Case Reports Published in Chinese Literature. Forschende Komplementärmedizin / Research in Complementary Medicine 2011; Volum 18. s. 257-263.

Use of placebo in cancer research: By Vinjar Fønnebø, NAFKAM, University of Tromsø, Norway and Edzard Ernst, Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, UK, march 2011, published at www.cam-cancer.org

Musial, F; Büssing, A; Heusser, P; Choi, K-E; Osterman, T. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Integrative Cancer Care – a Summary of Evidence. Forschende Komplementärmedizin / Research in Complementary Medicine 2011; Volum 18.(4), doi: 10.1159/000330714.

2009

Chen, S; Flower, A; Ritchie, A; Liu, J; Molassiotis, A; Yu, H; Lewith, G. Oral Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) as an adjuvant treatment during chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer: A systematic review. Lung Cancer. 2009 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print].

Kristoffersen, AE; Fønnebø, V; Norheim, AJDo cancer patients with a poor prognosis use Complementary and Alternative Medicine more often than others? Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2009; Volum 15.(1) s. 35-40.

2008

Kristoffersen, AE; Fønnebø, V; Norheim, AJ. Use of complementary and alternative medicine among cancer patients. Classification criteria determine level of use. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2008.

Liu, JP; Xing, JM; Fei, YT. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) and cancer prevention: a systematic review of randomized trials and epidemiological studies. Chinese Medicine 2008; 3:12, doi:10.1186/1749-8546-3-12, (http://www.cmjournal.org/content/3/1/12)

2007

Lejeune S, Baum M, Heine N, Fønnebø V Controversies around Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in cancer. Nature Clinical Practice Oncology 2007 In press.

Fønnebø, V; Verhoef, M*; Paterson, C. Cancer and complementary medicine - an international perspective. Supportive Care in Cancer, 2007; Vol 15, No 8; pp 999-1002.

2006

Verhoef M, Vanderheyden LC, Fønnebø V. A whole systems research approach to cancer care: Why do we need it and how do we get started? Integr Cancer Ther 2006;5:287-92.

Lewith G, Thomas K, Fønnebø V. Whole systems research in cancer care - report of meeting in Tromsø (Sommarøy), 14-16 September, 2005. Complement Ther Med 2006;14:157-64

2005

Steinsbekk, A; Launsø, L. Empowering the cancer patient or controlling the tumor? A qualitative study of how cancer patients experience consultations with complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and phycisians, respectively. Integrative Cancer Therapies 2005.

2003

Kimby, C; Launsø, L*; Henningsen, I; Langgaard, H. Choice of Unconventional Treatment by patients with cancer. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2003 Aug;9(4):549-61.

1994

Brendstrup E, Launsø L. A Description of a Holistic Treatment Model - Used by Cancer Patients and Research Evaluated. Townsend Letter for Doctors, december 1994 (pp. 1342-56) og ja­nu­ar, 1995 (pp.54-61), USA.