10 complementary meds cancer patients should avoid

The 10 most common complementary medicines used by Australian cancer patients all potentially interfere with conventional cancer therapies, Victorian research suggests.

Products such as fish oil and coenzyme Q10 pose a risk to patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery, according to a two-year audit of inquiries about complementary medicines to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

"These products may increase the effects of chemotherapy and put the patient at risk of toxicity, or decrease the efficacy of chemotherapy," said lead researcher and senior

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