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Antioxidant supplements may lessen benefit of radiation and chemotherapy
Date:5/27/2008

chemotherapy. Six of the trials were placebo-controlled.

Of the studies that included information on response rates, none reported a decrease in response in the antioxidant arm of the trial compared with the control arm. However, Lawenda and colleagues caution that none of the trials was large enough to reliably detect such differences.

Despite some intriguing studies that have suggested the benefit of adjunctive antioxidant treatments in cancer patients, the totality of the available evidence is equivocal at best and leaves us with serious concerns about the potential for harm, the authors write.


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