Medical News Today: Alternative therapies for cancer: Do they do more harm than good?

How many people with cancer use complementary and alternative therapies? And do these interfere with conventional treatments? A new study investigates.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer / Oncology Source Type: news

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Authors: Roos F, Binder K, Rutz J, Maxeiner S, Bernd A, Kippenberger S, Zöller N, Chun FK, Juengel E, Blaheta RA Abstract The natural compound curcumin exerts antitumor properties in vitro, but its clinical application is limited due to low bioavailability. Light exposure in skin and skin cancer cells has been shown to improve curcumin bioavailability; thus, the object of this investigation was to determine whether light exposure might also enhance curcumin efficacy in bladder cancer cell lines. RT112, UMUC3, and TCCSUP cells were preincubated with low curcumin concentrations (0.1-0.4 μg/ml) and then expose...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Conclusion: Ethanolic extracts of amygdalin from almonds and apricots were effective as an antiproliferative agent which caused apoptosis in oral cancer cell line.
Source: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractCancer is becoming more prevalent in elderly patient. Due to polypharmacy, older adults with cancer are predisposed to drug-drug interactions. There is also an increasing interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Thirty to seventy percent of patients with cancer have used CAM. Through pharmaceutical counseling sessions, we can provide advices on herb –drug interactions (HDI). All the patients seen in pharmaceutical counseling sessions were prospectively included. Information was collected during these sessions: prescribed medication (oral anticancer agents (OAA) and other drugs), CA...
Source: Medical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This article both highlights difficult clinical scenarios and reviews the recommended treatment as provided by the NCCN guidelines and provides alternative therapy for lesions that are either difficult to treat because of the location or are recalcitrant to the recommended therapy. With suggestions for the apparent gaps in guidelines, providers can better treat patients who present with more complicated conditions.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
ntagna Francesco Moccia Nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP) gates two-pore channels 1 and 2 (TPC1 and TPC2) to elicit endo-lysosomal (EL) Ca2+ release. NAADP-induced EL Ca2+ signals may be amplified by the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) through the Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release mechanism (CICR). Herein, we aimed at assessing for the first time the role of EL Ca2+ signaling in primary cultures of human metastatic colorectal carcinoma (mCRC) by exploiting Ca2+ imaging and molecular biology techniques. The lysosomotropic agent, Gly-Phe β-naphthylamide (GPN), and nigericin, which dissipates the &De...
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
David Kerr discusses study results that do not support the use of alternative medicine in cancer management.Medscape Oncology
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news
About a third of cancer patients use alternative medicine — but many of them don’t tell their doctors, according to a new research letter published in JAMA Oncology. Complementary and alternative therapies are those that people use in addition to or instead of traditional medical care. Out of about 3,100 cancer patients who responded to questions about cancer and complementary therapy use through the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, just over 1,000 reported using one or more of these therapies during the prior year, the research letter says. Of these, about a third said they did not tell their doctors tha...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Cancer Source Type: news
One - third of cancer patients, survivors use CAM; 29.3 percent do not disclose CAM use to their doctor
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Pharmacy, Journal, Source Type: news
The researchers found that herbal supplements were the most common complementary and alternative therapy used by cancer patients. That’s a concern, they said, because herbal products can interfere with traditional cancer treatments, reducing their effectiveness.
Source: WebMD Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Pharmacy, Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, News, Source Type: news
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