Supplementary Material for: Antioxidants and Other Micronutrients in Complementary Oncology

2009-02-20T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Gröber U.
Many patients being treated for cancer use micronutrient supplements, with the intention to complement their cancer treatment or help them cope with the therapy- and disease-associated side effects. The majority are adding antioxidants without the knowledge of the treating physician. There are many concerns that antioxidants might decrease the effectiveness of chemotherapy, but increasing evidence suggests a benefit when antioxidants are added to conventional cytotoxic therapies. However, it is imperative that physicians explore the use of antioxidant and other micronutrient supplements with their cancer patients and educate them about potentially negative as well as potentially beneficial effects.