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Cancell/Cantron/Protocel (PDQ®)

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NOTE: The information in this summary is no longer being updated and is provided for reference purposes only.

This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of Cancell/Cantron/Protocel as a treatment in people with cancer. The discussion in the summary is limited to Cancell/Cantron/Protocel as it was originally conceived; the "vibrationally tuned" distilled water also distributed under the name Cancell will not be discussed.

This summary contains the following key information:

  • Cancell/Cantron/Protocel has been promoted by its manufacturers as an effective therapy for cancer and a number of other diseases.
  • Cancell/Cantron/Protocel is a mixture of common chemicals, none of which is known to be effective in treating any type of cancer.
  • No animal study or human study of Cancell/Cantron/Protocel has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal to show that it is safe or effective in treating cancer.
  • Cancell/Cantron/Protocel is not approved by the FDA for use in the United States as a treatment for a disease. There is a permanent injunction against distribution.

Many of the medical and scientific terms used in the summary are hypertext linked (at first use in each section) to the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, which is oriented toward nonexperts. When a linked term is clicked, a definition will appear in a separate window.

Reference citations in some PDQ CAM information summaries may include links to external Web sites that are operated by individuals or organizations for the purpose of marketing or advocating the use of specific treatments or products. These reference citations are included for informational purposes only. Their inclusion should not be viewed as an endorsement of the content of the Web sites, or of any treatment or product, by the PDQ Cancer CAM Editorial Board or the National Cancer Institute.

  • Updated: January 6, 2015