Pharmacist raises concern about antioxidants

A pharmacist has raised concerns over the widespread use of antioxidant supplements by cancer patients as they may interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

Professor Kathryn Steadman, a pharmacist and cancer researcher from the University of Queensland, says findings from her unpublished study suggest one-quarter of cancer patients on curative-intent chemo are taking antioxidants.

The findings are alarming, she says, because antioxidants may reduce the dose intensity of chemotherapy by protecting