Integration of Chinese medicine into supportive cancer care: a modern role for an ancient tradition

Cancer Treat Rev. 2001 Aug;27(4):235-46. doi: 10.1053/ctrv.2001.0227.


Recent evidence suggests that many traditional Chinese medical therapies are effective for the supportive care of cancer patients. This is a review of some of the published literature (indexed in Medline) and our own practical experience. It is not intended to be a systematic review, but does provide various levels of evidence which support further research into a developing model of integrative care. The holistic approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may be integrated into conventional Western Medicine to supplement deficiencies in the current biomedical model. The philosophy of TCM proposes novel hypotheses which will support the development of a science-based holistic medicine.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Holistic Health*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
  • Neoplasms / complications
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Pain Management
  • Phytotherapy
  • Psychophysiology
  • Quality of Life
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Survival Analysis