Herbal Supplements in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

Authored by: Donato F. Romagnolo , Ornella I. Selmin

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b15294-49

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Abstract

Although problems persist with the interpretation of cancer data from non-randomized studies of herbal treatment, ∼48% of cancer patients are estimated to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The lack of universal success and side effects associated with chemotherapy are two main reasons for cancer patients to seek therapy from dietary supplements including herbals. Cancer patients who use CAM are usually younger females with a higher level of education than non-users [1,2]. The use of herbal supplements was estimated to be one of the most popular practices (∼60%) during or after chemotherapy [3], and among cancer patients (∼20%) [4] with less advanced disease, i.e., patients receiving potentially curative treatment compared to the general population [5,6].

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