Complementary cancer therapies linked to reduced survival

Cancer patients who receive complementary therapies are more likely to shun proven treatments, a study finds.
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Women diagnosed with breast cancer frequently seek complementary and alternative (CAM) treatment options that can help to cope with their disease and the side effects of conventional cancer therapy. Especially...
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Authors: Kim KJ, Ahn HJ, Namgung U, Cho CS Abstract Bogijetong decoction (BGJTD) is a formulation that is used for the treatment of neuropathic pain caused by cancer therapy, diabetes, and peripheral nerve injury. In the previous study, we selected four herbal constituents from BGJTD, formulated new decoction (BeD), and demonstrated its efficacy on the neuroprotection of peripheral sciatic nerve in streptozotocin-induced diabetic animals. Here, we report attenuating effects of BGJTD and BeD on neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain was induced by ligation of the sciatic nerve to generate chronic constrictive injury (CC...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
This study evaluates a correlation between family history, micronutrients intake, and alternative therapies with genetic instability, before and during breast cancer treatment. For this study, a total of 150 women were selected. Among those, 50 women were breast cancer patients on chemotherapy, while 50 breast cancer patients were on radiotherapy, and 50 were healthy females. All the participants signed the informed consent form and answered the public health questionnaire. Samples of buccal epithelial and peripheral blood cells were collected and analyzed through micronucleus and comet assays. The cells were evaluated for...
Source: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: Appl Biochem Biotechnol Source Type: research
Oral and pharyngeal cancer is the most common malignant human cancers. Chemotherapy is an effective approach for anti-oral cancer therapy, while the drug tolerance and resistance remain a problem for oral canc...
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Cesium chloride, which is used as alternative therapy by some cancer patients, has been determined to have significant adverse effects, especially cardiovascular effects.The FDA has issued an alert stating that cesium chloride should not be used in compounded medications.
Source: AJN - Category: Nursing Tags: Drug Watch Source Type: research
Conclusions: Use of cam, particularly biologic products, increased significantly after a cancer diagnosis. Further studies are required to examine the effect of cam use on the efficacy and safety of cancer therapies. PMID: 30111972 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Current Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Curr Oncol Source Type: research
This research article found patients who received CM were more likely to refuse additional conventional cancer treatment (surgery/chemo or radio or hormone therapy) and had higher risk of death.
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 -- Patients with cancer who receive complementary medicine (CM) are more likely to refuse conventional cancer treatment (CCT), according to a study published online July 19 in JAMA Oncology. Skyler B. Johnson, M.D., from the...
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Cancer patients who receive alternative therapies are more likely to shun proven treatments, a study finds.
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
People diagnosed with cancer have a multitude of treatment options, many of which are standard therapies that have been well-studied to improve their chances of surviving their disease or avoiding recurrence. But people are increasingly also folding in complementary medicine approaches — which include nutrients, herbal remedies and other so-called natural supplements — with their cancer treatment regimes. While these are not nearly as well-studied as conventional therapies like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, many people rely on them because they believe they can improve their chances of surviving their ca...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Cancer healthytime Source Type: news
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