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Green Tea Most Common Alternative Cancer Medicine

by: cancercompass

Women who use complementary or alternative medicines, in an effort to prevent cancer, consume green tea more than any other alternatives. That's according to a study conducted in Australia and presented at a recent cancer conference in Chicago.

Australian cancer specialists studied nearly 900 women with a family history of breast cancer. While use of complementary medicines was high among the women - about 50% - researchers say it is comparable to the national average.

Green tea was found to be the most widely used non-conventional therapy among women in the study who said they specifically use complementary medicines believing they will help to prevent cancer.

In addition to green tea, a low fat diet, massage therapy, omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins and supplements were also commonly used among the women studied.

However, the researchers say the majority of the women studied use complementary medicines as part of a healthy lifestyle, not to help prevent cancer.  

The study may be one of the largest investigations into alternative therapy use for disease prevention.




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Prostate Cancer Study Shows Benefit of Radiation Therapy

by: cancercompass

There may be good news for men who experience a recurrence of prostate cancer following surgery for the disease.

U.S. researchers say radiation therapy, if administered within two years of a recurrence of prostate cancer following surgery, can greatly reduce the risk of death.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore studied the medical records of 635 men in the United States who underwent the same surgery for prostate cancer, only to see the cancer return later.

Out of the 635 men, 397 did not receive additional therapy, 160 underwent radiation therapy, and 78 had both radiation and hormonal therapy. The researchers found that the men who received radiation therapy had an 86% chance of surviving 10 years.  The men who did not undergo radiation therapy had a 62% chance.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers are now working on tests to help identify factors that contribute to a recurrence of prostate cancer following surgery.


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