Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ginseng Appears to Help Breast Cancer Patients

Jeff Minerd, MedPage Today, March 16, 2006
The traditional Chinese herb ginseng may improve survival and enhance the quality of life of breast cancer patients, an observational study suggested. Compared with those who never used ginseng, breast cancer patients in China who took it regularly before their diagnosis had a disease-specific mortality that was 30% lower three to four years later, said Xiao-Ou Shu, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues, of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center here. Her study, published online by the American Journal of Epidemiology, included 1,455 breast cancer patients from Shanghai, diagnosed between 1996 and 1998. All received at least one type of conventional therapy-surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy. Information on ginseng use was obtained at enrollment and during follow-up interviews from 2000 to 2002.
NOTE: The results of this study would need to be confirmed by a randomized clinical trial before ginseng could be considered as an effective adjunct to standard breast cancer therapy. Please also note that ginseng may have side effects and interact with prescription drugs. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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