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Are herbal remedies and dietary supplements safe and effective for breast cancer patients?

Cassidy, A. (2003) Are herbal remedies and dietary supplements safe and effective for breast cancer patients? Breast Cancer Research, 5 (6). pp. 300-302. ISSN 1465-542X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1186/bcr724

Abstract/Summary

There remains limited scientific evidence on the efficacy and safety of 'natural' therapies such as herbal remedies and dietary supplements. Nevertheless, breast cancer patients are particularly prone to purchasing such products because of the perception that 'natural' products are less toxic than conventional prescribed medicines. However, the potential for interactions of supplements with current medications, the potential for adverse effects from consumption at high levels, and the lack of disclosure of such treatments by the patient to their doctor are serious public health issues. Robust clinical trials are required to prove the efficacy and lack of adverse effects of such preparations, and communication between patients and doctors must be improved and doctors made more aware that their patients may be seeking advice and treatment from sources outside conventional medicine.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
ID Code:13510
Uncontrolled Keywords:breast cancer, dietary, herbal, supplements, WOMEN, COMPLEMENTARY, THERAPIES, MEDICINE, TRIAL

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