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Month: December 2015

Traditional Chinese Medicine Significantly Improves Quality of Life in Lung Cancer Patients

Traditional herbal medicine as an adjuvant treatment for non-small-cell lung cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis Introduction Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the most common cancers and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. In East Asia, traditional herbal medicine (THM) is commonly used in clinical settings for the treatment of cancer. Therefore, the aim of the present review was to systematically assess the efficacy of THM with varied components for the treatment of NSCLC. Methods This study identified randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that evaluated the effectiveness of combined… Read more Traditional Chinese Medicine Significantly Improves Quality of Life in Lung Cancer Patients

Silymarin (Milk Thistle) can revoke liver enzyme changes during chemotherapy of breast cancer with Taxanes

doi:10.1016/j.eujim.2015.10.012 Introduction Drug associated liver injury is common and anticancer agents have been associated with inducing liver dysfunction, too. The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of silymarin (Milk Thistle) in reducing the hepatic side effects of taxane when used in chemotherapy of breast cancer. Methods This study was conducted on 99 patients with invasive breast carcinoma receiving chemotherapy contained adriamycin, epirubicin, cyclophosphamide, docetaxel, and paclitaxel. The patients were randomized into 2 groups and given silymarin 70 mg PO three times daily or placebo during their treatment course. The… Read more Silymarin (Milk Thistle) can revoke liver enzyme changes during chemotherapy of breast cancer with Taxanes