Recent studies indicate that more than 80% of Americans with cancer use some form of alternative medical therapy. Overall, it is estimated that US healthcare consumers spend about $27 billion each year on complementary and alternative medical therapies. This high interest in unconventional therapies led the US Congress to establish the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health in order to facilitate scientific research in this area. Much remains to be learned about the most effective and safe use of complementary treatments and integration with other therapies.
The Sue Stiles Program in Integrative Oncology was established at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2001 with the following major goals:
- Patient and physician education
- Basic and preclinical research
- Clinical trials and patient care
The Stiles Program will serve the needs of patients afflicted with cancer in Southern California, with an aim to bring together the best in modern-day and age-old medicine.
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