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Table 3 Beliefs and perceptions of CAM therapy (n = 15).

From: The use of complementary and alternative medicines among patients with locally advanced breast cancer – a descriptive study

Beliefs Percentages
I believe CAM therapy will Unlikely (1,2) Indifferent (3) Likely (4,5)
Cure Cancer 31.3% 50.0% 18.8%
Prevent Spread 25.0% 50.0% 25.0%
Assist other treatments 25.0% 12.5% 62.5%
Relieve symptoms 18.8% 18.8% 62.5%
Have side effects 56.3% 12.5% 31.3%
Weaken body's natural reserves 62.5% 18.8% 18.8%
Patient's Fault if they don't work 75.0% 18.8% 6.3%
Assist the body's natural forces to heal 6.3% 18.8% 75.0%
Easy to understand how they work 37.5% 25.0% 37.5%
Boost to Immune System 18.8% 25.0% 56.3%
Perfectly safe 25.0% 31.3% 43.8%
Increase Quality of Life 6.3% 31.3% 62.5%
Feeling of control over the cancer 25.0% 18.8% 56.3%
Prevent recurrence of Cancer 18.8% 56.3% 25.0%
Reduce the chance that other therapies will work 37.5% 43.8% 18.8%
Makes them less likely to accept conventional treatments 50.0% 37.5% 12.5%