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Table 3 Reasons for Complementary and Alternative Medicine use

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

Reason for Using CAM Response Cohort 1 Cohort 2 ALL P-Value*
To treat cancer No 70 (15.6) 203 (27.0) 273 (22.8) <.0001 **
Yes 379 (84.4) 548 (73.0) 927 (77.3)
To control pain No 441 (98.2) 669 (89.1) 1110 (92.5) <.0001 **
Yes 8 (1.8) 82 (10.9) 90 (7.5)
To improve appetite No 447 (99.6) 712 (94.8) 1159 (96.6) <.0001 **
Yes 2 (0.4) 39 (5.2) 41 (3.4)
To increase energy No 444 (98.9) 691 (92.0) 1135 (94.6) <.0001 **
Yes 5 (1.1) 60 (8.0) 65 (5.4)
To improve mood No 445 (99.1) 589 (78.4) 1034 (86.2) <.0001 **
Yes 4 (0.9) 162 (21.6) 166 (13.8)
To enhance immunity No 442 (98.4) 655 (87.2) 1097 (91.4) <.0001 **
Yes 7 (1.6) 96 (12.8) 103 (8.6)
For religious beliefs No 439 (97.8) 636 (84.7) 1075 (89.6) <.0001 **
Yes 10 (2.2) 115 (15.3) 125 (10.4)
  1. CAM Complementary and alternative medicine
  2. *The Chi-squared test statistic is significant at < 0.05