[Use of antioxidant and other complementary medicine by patients treated by antitumor chemotherapy: a prospective study]
Language: 
French
Short Title: 
[Use of antioxidant and other complementary medicine by patients treated by antitumor chemotherapy
Abstract: 

Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been reported to be more and more frequent among cancer patients in USA. The aim of this study was to analyze among French cancer patients the prevalence of CAM use, focusing on antioxidants (AO) that could interfere with antitumor agents. Seventy-nine patients, treated by antitumor chemotherapy in oncology day care unit, participated to an interview (medium age ?= ?60 years old). CAM use was reported by 42% of patients: mostly AO (24%) (selenium, green tea and vitamins ACE, more specifically), but also relaxation, acupuncture, hypnosis (19%) and homeopathy (15%). Among patients using CAM, 66% of them indicated that their physicians were not aware of this use and 47% of them thought that CAM use was safe. Nevertheless, for seven patients who have taken AO, previous in vitro and preclinical studies suggested interactions with antitumor chemotherapy. Therefore, CAM use and, more specifically, AO use is common among cancer patients treated by antitumor chemotherapy in France. Nevertheless, AO could generate interactions with conventional treatment. Clinical studies are warranted to evaluate these interactions, and adequate communication with patients is needed.

Author(s): 
Thomas-Schoemann, Audrey
Alexandre, Jérôme
Mongaret, Céline
Azibi, Sonia
Dauphin, Alain
Goldwasser, François
Lemare, Francois
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Bulletin Du Cancer
Journal Abbreviation: 
Bull Cancer
Publication Date: 
6/11/2015
Publication Year: 
2011
Pages: 
645-653
Volume: 
98
Issue: 
6
ISSN: 
1769-6917
DOI: 
10.1684/bdc.2011.1375
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 21636352

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Audrey Thomas-Schoemann, Jérôme Alexandre, Céline Mongaret, Sonia Azibi, Alain Dauphin, François Goldwasser and Francois Lemare. 6/11/2015. "[Use of antioxidant and other complementary medicine by patients treated by antitumor chemotherapy: a prospective study]." Bulletin Du Cancer 98: 6: 645-653. 10.1684/bdc.2011.1375.

Wikipedia Citation

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