Cancer is the second cause of death in Mexico, most cases are detected at advanced stages and the use of chemotherapy is frequent.
0.05; a significant trend was found as regards the feminine sex, p=0.07, neoplasm different from breast cancer, p=0.08 and evident association with neoplasm advanced stages, p=0.02.
Most patients used between 1 and 3 types of therapies, 97.2%.
The most common types of therapies were nutritional and spiritual, 54% and 48.6%, respectively.
The source was the patient's family in 56.4% and the physician in 24.3%.
Complementary and alternative therapy was considered a success in 57.1%; most of the users mentioned benefits (78.6%) deemed as tranquility (46.4%) or improvement of the physical condition (46.4%).
The average monthly cost was $ 345.5 dollars, with a range of $ 13.6 to ,545.5 dollars.
The use of complementary and/or alternative therapy is frequent among young women with advanced cancer and high level of education.
The family participates in the decision of using these methods; most users noticed a benefit in their general condition and reported tranquility; these patients may be prone to higher incidence of depression and anxiety.
The effectiveness and safety of this type of treatments remain to be determined, as well as the possible interactions with conventional therapy.