There was no significant association between CAM use and QOL.
The findings of this study revealed a prevalent CAM use among Lebanese breast cancer patients.
In face-to-face interviews, participants completed a questionnaire of three sections: socio-demographic and lifestyle characteristics, breast cancer condition, and CAM use.
Three to four weeks following these interviews, the secondary QOL assessment was carried out via telephone using the Arabic version of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast questionnaire.
Furthermore, physicians’ role in orienting CAM use was found to be marginal as patients relied mainly on family and media for their choice of CAM and were less likely to disclose CAM use to their treating physicians.
Recent years have witnessed important advances in the management of breast cancer, including surgery (often combined with radiation) and adjuvant drug treatment.
These advances led to an overall 5-year survival rate reaching up to 80 % for non-metastatic cases .
Only 4 % of CAM users cited health professionals as influencing their choice of CAM and only one in four patients disclosed CAM use to their treating physician.The two-month duration allowed time for patients to explore the different CAM modalities available [ Recruitment of breast cancer patients took place at the waiting room in the clinics of the academic medical center and the philanthropic hospital.To ensure a representative cross-sectional sample of patients from the two recruitment sites, interviews were conducted on different days of the week and at varying times of the day.The dissatisfaction, skepticism, and poor availability of conventional cancer treatments were suggested to drive a considerable proportion of patients to seek and explore alternative modalities for the treatment of their disease .These modalities are known as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).