The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been used since antiquity for the relief of symptoms related to many diseases including urologic ailments. CAM is typically defined as those healing philsophies approaches and therapies that are generally not taught in medical schools and are not usually reimbursed by medical insurance companies. Complementary and alternative medicine therapies are distinguished as those used alone (alternative) or in addition to conventional therapies (complementary). Few studies have focused on the urologic population. In this article we summarize recent studies assessing the prevalence rate of CAM use with special emphasis in prostate cancer patients.
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