Background. Despite uncertainty regarding safety and efficacy, 40% to 80% of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) during chemotherapy. This CAM use is often self-prescribed and undisclosed to health professionals. Aim. To explore patients' perspectives, experiences, support needs, and sources of information regarding CAM use during chemotherapy and their implications for dietetic practice. Methods. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in adult participants who recently completed chemotherapy treatment at a public hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed by three investigators. Results. Ten participants were interviewed (70% female, 80% >55 years). These participants who received chemotherapy valued CAMs as a natural complement to chemotherapy to improve wellbeing, with their use most strongly influenced by past experiences rather than expert advice. Participants' trust in CAM knowledge and hope for improved wellbeing was influenced by a vulnerability to external opinions. Conclusion. CAM was highly valued by some chemotherapy...

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