Uso di medicinali non convenzionali da parte di pazienti con tumore

Translated title of the contribution: Use of non-conventional medicines by cancer patients

Elena Tenti, Andrea Casadei Gardini, Oriana Nanni, Flavia Foca, Sebastiano Cumero

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Background: The number of cancer patients undergoing anticancer treatment who concomitantly take non-conventional medicines is increasing. Among cancer patients the use of non-conventional medicines, often in the form of self-medication, is intended to counteract the side-effects of cancer treatment, alleviate symptoms or strengthen the immune system. Aim of the work: The present study aimed to evaluate how widespread the practice is and to identify the possible interactions between non-conventional medicines an cancer therapies. Methods: Tis research was an observational prospective study of about 10 weeks. One hundred and forty-three patients undergoing cancer treatment in our day hospital were interviewed about their use of non-conventional medicines. Results: 35.7% (51/143) of patients reported taking vitamin or mineral supplements, 22.4% (32/143) take medicinal herbs and 4.9% (7/143) homeopathic remedies. 75% (24/ 32 using medicinal herbs were

Translated title of the contributionUse of non-conventional medicines by cancer patients
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)144-149
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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