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Almost Third Of Cancer Patients Use Alternative Medicine

Cancer is a very common disease between humans all over the world. It affects  large population of humans worldwide with rare medicine for it. The fact that cancer exists in many different forms is what makes it unique and harmful as different treatments are available for use for this disease.

However, this phenomena encouraged a study to take place involving all the alternative medicines and treatments that are being used for cancer. The study focused on understanding the treatments used and the percentage of cancer patients who use different treatments and complementary medicine.

The study conducted by a team of researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center was led by Dr. Nina Sanford. She wanted to understand how beneficial is complementary and alternative medicines for cancer. Dr. Sanford, who is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology published her discovery in the JAMA Oncology journal.

Dr. Sanford is an expert in cancer treatments for gastrointestinal tract cancer. She commented on the results obtained for the treatments saying, “Younger patients are more likely to use complementary and alternative medicines and women were more likely to, but I would have thought more people would tell their doctors. You don’t know what’s in them. Some of these supplements are kind of a mishmash of different things. Unless we know what’s in them, I would recommend patients avoid using them during radiation because there’s likely not data on certain supplements, which could interfere with treatment. With radiation specifically, there is concern that very high levels of antioxidants could make radiation less effective.”