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Topics in Complementary and Alternative Therapies (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 06/11/2014

Changes to This Summary (06/11/2014)

The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.

Botanicals/Herbal Products

Added Ginseng as a new subsection.

Added L-carnitine as a new subsection.

Nutritional Therapies

Added text to state that there has been some concern about whether antioxidants may decrease the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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