[MOL] TODAY'S NEWS - Herbals to alleviate side-effects of chemo. [02894] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] TODAY'S NEWS - Herbals to alleviate side-effects of chemo.

Herbal medications for alleviating side-effects of chemotherapy

Researchers at the University of California are studying the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicines in alleviating chemotherapy side effects. Researchers at the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the UC San Francisco say they have developed their own formula of 21 herbs with the aim of eliminating the fatigue, nausea, vomiting, blood disorders, and psychological symptoms associated with chemotherapy. Authors say study has found that nearly two-thirds of breast cancer patients in the San Francisco Bay-area have used alternative therapies during cancer treatments. Studies are planned to evaluate the use of the formula by 60 women with breast cancer patients receiving a chemotherapy regimen consisting of adriamycin and cytoxan. Information on joining the study can be obtained by e-mailing: erika-leeman@quickmail.ucsf.edu Reported in a UC-SF statement (November 5, 1998).

MedBriefs (INC inc.) 11/12/98