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Mind-Body Practices Listed on Leading Cancer Center Websites

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 18, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Yoga, meditation and spiritual support are among the most common complementary and alternative medicine [CAM] approaches mentioned on leading cancer center websites, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2010; 16 [2], 183–86). The analysis included the websites of 41 National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer centers.

Researchers noted that the most common CAM therapies mentioned were the following:

  • acupuncture, 59%
  • meditation, nutrition, spiritual support and yoga, 56% each
  • massage therapy, 54%
  • music therapy, 51%

Study authors recommended that since it was clear that consumers were searching for these topics, centers should redesign websites to better inform and empower patients and families seeking information on CAM and supportive care.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at