Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2023

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Health Science

First Advisor

Jamie Turgeon

Second Advisor

Jonelle Hook

Third Advisor

Louisa Roberts


Cancer and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Subject Categories

Alternative and Complementary Medicine


This research examines the perceived effects of the top ten complementary medicine types on cancer patients' perceived health outcomes, when used in combination with Western or evidence-based medicine. This thesis analyzes various peer-reviewed articles as a literature review and utilizes a previous honors thesis conducted survey of the general population. It studies the depth of knowledge that people have of complementary medicine types and if they combine the resource with regular Western medicine. The purpose of this study is to examine if complementary medicine used decreases the side effects associated with cancer treatment, such as fatigue, pain, and nausea. After analyzing the results, a summary of how complementary medicine correlates with health outcomes for different patients in varying forms of treatment or procedures was completed.



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