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Traditional and Complementary/Alternative Medicine

Traditional Complementary/Alternative Medicine (TCAM) in Children with Cancer

In 2014, Dr. Ladas and colleagues established a Traditional Complementary/ Alternative Medicine collaborative through the Asociación de Hemato-Oncología Pediátrica de Centro América (AHOPCA) and the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (SIOP). This international collaborative has representatives from several continents around the globe and is examining use of TCAM, health policies addressing TCAM, and its use as supportive care in pediatric oncology.


Global TCAM program

With efforts by the World Health Organization and international twinning programs improving access to conventional care for childhood cancer, understanding the global use of Traditional and Complementary/Alternative Medicine is critical. Reliance on TCAM may affect time to presentation, adherence, and abandonment of care. We developed a cross-cultural survey that produced reliable and valid results. Our findings will aid investigators in providing guidelines on TCAM, support the development of education and research priorities, and identify variables associated with TCAM in different areas of the world.