NAFKAM shall focus extra on widespread health problems and ailments, especially among vulnerable patient groups where the problem has a major negative impact on the individual's quality of life. An example of this is cancer.

Here is a chronological overview of scientific publications on the topic of alternative treatment for cancer; where employees at NAFKAM are among the authors. In addition, NAFKAM handles the international research collaboration CAM Cancer, which to date offers more than 75 openly available summaries of research on various alternative forms of treatment used for cancer.

  1. Stub T, Quandt SA, Kristoffersen AE, Jong MC, Arcury TA. Communication and information needs about complementary and alternative medicine: a qualitative study of parents of children with cancer. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2021 Mar 8;21(1):85. doi: 10.1186/s12906-021-03253-x. PMID: 33685422; PMCID: PMC7938468.
  2. Jong M, Lown EA, Schats W, Mills ML, Otto HR, Gabrielsen LE, Jong MC. A scoping review to map the concept, content, and outcome of wilderness programs for childhood cancer survivors. PLoS One. 2021 Jan 6;16(1):e0243908. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243908. PMID: 33406103; PMCID: PMC7787391.
  3. Stub T, Kristoffersen AE, Overvåg G, Jong MC. An integrative review on the information and communication needs of parents of children with cancer regarding the use of complementary and alternative medicine. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2020 Mar 17;20(1):90. doi: 10.1186/s12906-020-02882-y. PMID: 32183808; PMCID: PMC7079450.
  4. Skowronski M, Risør MB, Andersen RS, Foss N. The cancer may come back: experiencing and managing worries of relapse in a North Norwegian village after treatment. Anthropol Med. 2019 Dec;26(3):296-310. doi: 10.1080/13648470.2017.1391172. Epub 2018 Jun 18. PMID: 29913070.
  5. Kristoffersen AE, Stub T, Broderstad AR, Hansen AH. Use of traditional and complementary medicine among Norwegian cancer patients in the seventh survey of the Tromsø study. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2019 Nov 29;19(1):341. doi: 10.1186/s12906-019-2762-7. PMID: 31783842; PMCID: PMC6884826.
  6. Jong MC, Lown A, Schats W, Otto HR, Jong M. Mapping the concept, content and outcome of wilderness therapy for childhood cancer survivors: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2019 Sep 3;9(8):e030544. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030544. PMID: 31481374; PMCID: PMC6731868.
  7. Stub T, Quandt SA, Arcury TA, Sandberg JC, Kristoffersen AE. Conventional and complementary cancer treatments: where do conventional and complementary providers seek information about these modalities? BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Nov 14;18(1):854. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3674-9. PMID: 30428878; PMCID: PMC6234581.
  8. Stub T, Quandt SA, Arcury TA, Sandberg JC, Kristoffersen AE. Attitudes and knowledge about direct and indirect risks among conventional and complementary health care providers in cancer care. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2018 Jan 31;18(1):44. doi: 10.1186/s12906-018-2106-z. PMID: 29386005; PMCID: PMC5793440.
  9. Stub T, Quandt SA, Arcury TA, Sandberg JC, Kristoffersen AE. Complementary and conventional providers in cancer care: experience of communication with patients and steps to improve communication with other providers. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Jun 8;17(1):301. doi: 10.1186/s12906-017-1814-0. PMID: 28595577; PMCID: PMC5465600.
  10. Ni YH, Alræk T. What circumstances lead to non-disclosure of cancer-related information in China? A qualitative study. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Mar;25(3):811-816. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3464-z. Epub 2016 Nov 10. PMID: 27832368; PMCID: PMC5266771.
  11. Hervik JB, Stub T. Adverse effects of non-hormonal pharmacological interventions in breast cancer survivors, suffering from hot flashes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2016 Nov;160(2):223-236. doi: 10.1007/s10549-016-4002-x. Epub 2016 Oct 5. PMID: 27709351; PMCID: PMC5065610.
  12. Stub T, Quandt SA, Arcury TA, Sandberg JC, Kristoffersen AE, Musial F, Salamonsen A. Perception of risk and communication among conventional and complementary health care providers involving cancer patients' use of complementary therapies: a literature review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2016 Sep 8;16(1):353. doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1326-3. PMID: 27609097; PMCID: PMC5016861.
  13. Salamonsen A. Use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with cancer or multiple sclerosis: possible public health implications. Eur J Public Health. 2016 Apr;26(2):225-9. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv184. Epub 2015 Oct 8. PMID: 26450914.
  14. Stub T, Musial F, Quandt SA, Arcury TA, Salamonsen A, Kristoffersen A, Berntsen G. Mapping the risk perception and communication gap between different professions of healthcare providers in cancer care: a cross-sectional protocol. BMJ Open. 2015 Sep 3;5(9):e008236. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008236. PMID: 26338839; PMCID: PMC4563259.
  15. Fønnebø VM. Where Is the Unbiased Information? Forsch Komplementmed. 2015;22(6):356-7. doi: 10.1159/000442458. Epub 2015 Dec 2. PMID: 26840417.
  16. Salamonsen A. Mind the gap! Lay and medical perceptions of risks associated with the use of alternative treatment and conventional medicine. Forsch Komplementmed. 2015;22(1):24-9. doi: 10.1159/000376555. Epub 2015 Feb 19. PMID: 25824401.
  17. Salamonsen A. Doctor-patient communication and cancer patients' choice of alternative therapies as supplement or alternative to conventional care. Scand J Caring Sci. 2013 Mar;27(1):70-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2012.01002.x. Epub 2012 May 14. PMID: 22583118.
  18. Kristoffersen AE, Norheim AJ, Fønnebø VM. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use among Norwegian Cancer Survivors: Gender-Specific Prevalence and Associations for Use. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:318781. doi: 10.1155/2013/318781. Epub 2013 Mar 28. PMID: 23606877; PMCID: PMC3625602.
  19. Liu J, Li X, Liu J, Ma L, Li X, Fønnebø V. Traditional Chinese medicine in cancer care: a review of case reports published in Chinese literature. Forsch Komplementmed. 2011;18(5):257-63. doi: 10.1159/000333065. Epub 2011 Oct 4. PMID: 22105038.
  20. Musial F, Büssing A, Heusser P, Choi KE, Ostermann T. Mindfulness-based stress reduction for integrative cancer care: a summary of evidence. Forsch Komplementmed. 2011;18(4):192-202. doi: 10.1159/000330714. Epub 2011 Aug 8. PMID: 21934319.
  21. Gamst A, Haahr N, Kristoffersen AE, Launsø L. Integrative care and bridge building among health care providers in Norway and Denmark. J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Mar;12(2):141-6. doi: 10.1089/acm.2006.12.141. PMID: 16566673.
  22. Rønnov L, Langgaard H, Launsø L. Kommunikation mellem kraeftpatienter og laeger om ukonventionel behandling [Communication between cancer patients and physicians regarding unconventional treatments]. Ugeskr Laeger. 2005 May 23;167(21):2285-9. Danish. PMID: 15962857.


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