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Table 2 Changes in patients’ life styles and the use of complementary and alternative medicine

From: The trends of complementary alternative medicine use among cancer patients

Question Answer Cohort 1 Cohort 2 All P- Value*
Exercise before illness No 221 (47.6) 673 (70.7) 894 (63.1) <.0001 **
Yes 243 (52.4) 279 (29.3) 522 (36.9)
Exercise after illness No 347 (74.8) 783 (82.2) 1130 (79.8) 0.0010 **
Yes 117 (25.2) 169 (17.8) 286 (20.2)
Smoking habit after diagnosis Yes 20 (4.3) 64 (6.7) 84 (5.9) 0.0009 **
Never 367 (79.1) 794 (83.4) 1161 (82.0)
Stop 66 (14.2) 85 (8.9) 151 (10.7)
Unk 11 (2.4) 9 (0.9) 20 (1.4)
Do you use any complementary or alternative therapy? No 15 (3.2) 201 (21.1) 216 (15.3) <.0001 **
Yes 449 (96.8) 751 (78.9) 1200 (84.7)
Did you delay cancer treatment in order to CAM? No 413 (92.0) 691 (92.0) 1104 (92.0) 0.9860
Yes 36 (8.0) 60 (8.0) 96 (8.0)
Patients reporting CAM-related monthly cost N 234 626 860 <.0001 **
Approximate monthly cost (SAR)a Mean 951.9 (2058.6) 429.3 (4133.4) 571.5 (3692.5) <.0001**
Reporting CAM use to nurse No 446 (99.3) 742 (98.8) 1188 (99.0) 0.5512
Yes 3 (0.7) 9 (1.2) 12 (1.0)
Reporting CAM use to the doctor No 307 (68.4) 483 (64.3) 790 (65.8) 0.1513
Yes 142 (31.6) 268 (35.7) 410 (34.2)
Doctor’s response to CAM use (As reported by patient) Opposing 26 (19.4) 131 (48.7) 157 (39.0) <.0001 **
Neutral 33 (24.6) 62 (23.0) 95 (23.6)
Supporive 75 (56.0) 76 (28.3) 151 (37.5)
  1. CAM Complementary and alternative medicine
  2. *The Chi-squared test statistic is significant at < 0.05
  3. aSAR Saudi Riyals (1 Saudi Riyal equals 0.27 USD)