Let's Talk About Those Herbs You Are Taking: Ethical Considerations for Communication With Patients With Cancer About Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Oncologists face ethical challenges when patients use potentially harmful complementary and alternative medicine in addition to or instead of conventional treatments for their cancer. For example, a patient may forego effective cancer treatment in favor of alternative therapies and suffer significant harm as a result. Similarly, false beliefs about the efficacy of complementary therapies may complicate the process of shared decision making about cancer treatment. In this vignette, we discuss clinicians' obligations and provide recommendations for ethically sound communication practices in this clinical context.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tenner, L; Hlubocky, FJ; Blanke, CD; LeBlanc, TW; Marron, JM; McGinnis, MM; Spence, RA; Taylor, LP

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 44 - 49

PubMed ID

  • 30629899

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6804900

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1935-469X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/JOP.18.00432


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States