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Antioxidants May Reduce Chemo Effects

Ill., June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say antioxidants may reduce the toxic side
effects of chemotherapy.

The report, which is to be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago next week, said antioxidants may improve survival rates and tumor response by helping patients complete prescribed treatment cycles, The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment said Friday in a release.

In 18 of 30 studies evaluated, patients who received oral or intravenous antioxidant supplements experienced significantly lower toxicity.  The report said glutathione, melatonin and vitamin E showed the most consistent and promising effects. Vitamin A was the only antioxidant that showed significantly greater toxicity.

Dr. Keith I. Block, co-founder and medical/scientific director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, was the lead author.

Robert Newman, Professor of Cancer Medicine at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, co-wrote
the report.

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