The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) by cancer patients is very common and varies between populations.
In addition, there are almost no medical malpractice litigations to limit and regulate the use of non orthodox remedies.
Equally, cancer is considered a death sentence in Nigeria .
This study was conducted to define the prevalence, pattern of use, and factors influencing the use of CAM by cancer patients at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu (UNTH-E), Nigeria Face-to-face interviews using semi-structured questionnaire were used to determine the use of CAM by cancer patients.
All consenting cancer patients were interviewed as they presented at the core surgical units of the UNTH- E, from June 2003 to September 2005.
These studies from developing countries suggest that perhaps those factors that have been known to facilitate the use of CAM in developed western countries, such as level of income and educational attainment, may indeed be working in the opposite direction in less developed countries.