Conference Paper

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) uses diverse practices and products that are not a part of standard of care while Integrative Medicine combines both CAM and conventional medicine. Given the poor prognosis of glioblastoma (GBM), many patients will explore other options to improve survival or quality of life. We sought to examine the association between CAM modalities and survivorship. In this cross-sectional retrospective analysis, data about CAM treatment and self-help practices were obtained from the modified International Complementary and Alternative Medicine Questionnaire (I-CAM-Q). CAM treatment included modalities such as vitamins/supplements, massage, energy work, or acupuncture, while CAM self-help practices consisted of praying, exercise, visualization, meditation, relaxation, or diet. Survival was defined by date of questionnaire completion to date of death. There were 365 GBM patients (31% censored) with a median overall survival (mOS) of 14.1months, 95% CI: 12.2, 17.0. Those patients who used CAM self-help practices (n=188, mOS =16.2 months, 95% CI: 12.2, 18.1) and CAM treatments (n=237, mOS = 15.5 months, 95% CI: 9.9, 18.1) did not have any association with survival compared to those who did not use self-help (n=65; mOS = 20.9 months, 95% CI: 12.7, 39.1) or CAM treatments (n=74, mOS = 15.5 months, 95% CI: 9.9, 18.1). The most popular modalities used, prayer (n=171, 15.1 vs 22.7 months) and supplements (n=220; 14.7 vs 16.5 months) were also not associated with survival. The use of CAM was not a predictor of survival whereas those who were multifocal, grade IV, older than 55, or had recurrent disease had significantly poorer survival. It is difficult to accurately predict survival benefit because of this study’s cross-sectional design. Due to the increased interest in CAM in the primary brain tumor population, a prospective analysis utilizing some of these self- help practices or treatments may be warranted.

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Cited Authors

  • Randazzo, D; McSherry, F; Herndon, JE; Affronti, ML; Healy, P; Lipp, ES; Desjardins, A; Friedman, HS; Peters, KB

Published Date

  • November 6, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / suppl_6

Start / End Page

  • vi202 - vi202

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1523-5866

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1522-8517

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/neuonc/nox168.816

Conference Name

  • 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology

Conference Location

  • San Francisco, CA

Conference Start Date

  • November 16, 2017

Conference End Date

  • November 19, 2017