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Adjustment to illness of cancer

This pilot study compares the adjustment to illness, i.e. psychosocial and psychological distress, of 29 cancer patients being treated by complementary therapy along with conventional therapy, with a control group of 29 patients being treated by conventional therapy only.

The findings indicate statistical differences in the brief symptom inventory scale (BSI), namely, the psychological distress of patients who received conventional therapy only was more severe than those being treated by complementary therapy with conventional therapy. No statistical differences, however, were found between the two groups in terms of psychosocial adjustment to the illness (PAIS).

The findings lead to a recommendation that complementary therapy should be offered by public medical facilities as part of the standard treatment for cancer patients in order to case psychological distress.