Points to Consider When Using Herbal Supplements in Cancer Patients
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Accdon, USA
Dr. Miguel Valdivia, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Accdon, USA
Keywords: Herbal Supplements; Colon Cancer; Chemotherapy
Herbal supplements are being increasingly recognized as useful complementary treatments for cancer patients. These types of supplements are widely used by those recently diagnosed with cancer, in current treatment, and long-term survivors. The most common reasons for using herbal supplements are the ability to help oneself, boost the immune system, provide more energy, and help prevent cancer recurrence . During cancer treatment, the use of the herbal supplement can help to decrease and alleviate symptoms caused by chemotherapy, while supporting the body in its recovery period.
Herbal supplements are generally self-prescribed; this could pose a problem because consumers are unable to make truly informed decisions about their use since most information available in the media and on the internet is misleading . It is not uncommon that manufacturers overstate herbal supplements efficacy and minimizes their potential toxic effects. When properly combined with conventional chemotherapy treatment, certain herbs may help people to live longer, decrease chemotherapy side effects, and help to prevent cancer recurrence . However, due to possible interactions with anticancer medication, it is imperative that patients considering using herbals supplement should consult with their treating physician first.
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