Complementary meds linked to harm in cancer patients

Complementary medicines could do more harm than good for people undergoing treatment for cancer, according to new Australian research.

The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne conducted a review of the most commonly inquired-about complementary medicines over a two year period, and found that all had the potential to disturb chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery.

Of the 462 CAM inquiries received by the Centre between July 2011 and June 2013, a total of 330 were for unique medicines.

Fish oil was the product most commonly asked about by consumers, followed by turmeric, coenzyme Q10, milk