Thursday, May 20, 2010

Results With Co-enzyme Q

Excerpt taken from the article "Talking to Patients About Alternative Therapies for Prostate Cancer"

Mr. Moyad’s group has recently looked at a supplement called co-enzyme Q, which has been gaining popularity among patients as an anticancer therapy. They found that it did not decrease prostate cancer cell growth but, rather, increased it in a dose-dependent manner. "The more we added, the more the tumor cells grew," he said.

Such conflicting studies confirm the importance of making sure that physicians have the facts about supplements--both positive and negative evidence.

Two alternative techniques--acupuncture and meditation--may play a supplemental role in prostate cancer treatment, not in reducing tumor growth but "by possibly doing other things that can be helpful, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing stress," Mr. Moyad said.

Meditation is being used in cancer support groups across the country to help reduce the stress of living with cancer and its treatment. Although there are as yet no studies of acupuncture in prostate cancer, he noted that the NIH recently gave its seal of approval for acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy in treating chemotherapy-related nausea and cancer pain. "Prostate cancer patients often get chemotherapy and often have significant pain," Mr. Moyad said, "so it definitely looks like acupuncture is going to have a use in the future with prostate cancer as a complementary therapy."

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