A survey of traditional medical practices used for the treatment of malignant tumors in an East African population
AbstractA group of 119 Tanzanians with cancer were interviewed regarding previous traditional medical experiences prior to evaluation for radiation treatment. Forty-nine (49.1%) percent of the females and 40.6% of the males had been treated with traditional medicines. Seventy-four percent of the traditionally- treated patients had consulted a traditional doctor prior to being seen by a Western-trained doctor. The most common given treatment was a combination of several traditional methods. More than half of all traditionally-treated patients reported progression of their diseases after treatment. Only one patient had any subjective improvement. These patients tended to have less formal education and a lower standard of living than untreated patients. Problems associated with the diagnosis of cancer are addressed.
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Volume (Year): 20 (1985)
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