Chemotherapy and Antioxidants Study
The May, 2007 issue of Cancer Treatment Reviews reports the results of an analysis of 19 studies involving chemotherapy and antioxidants. All the studies were double-blind and had control groups. The lead author was Keith Block, from the Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Education and the University of Illinois. The study concluded that antioxidant supplements may help increase survival rates, tumour response, and a patient's ability to tolerate chemotherapy. I think this is interesting, since probably a majority of doctors would advise their patients not to take antioxidants during chemotherapy. Maybe this study will cause them to re-examine the issue. The study concluded that antioxidants often actually help.