Cancer Care

CoQ10 May Have Role in Preventing Skin Cancer

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 1. Spring, 2004

Coenzyme Q10 is best known for its heart protective effects. But this compound is also a strong antioxidant, which can be absorbed through the skin, where it can reduce carcinogenic UV-mediated dermal damage.

Demise of PC-SPES Angers Prostate Cancer Patients

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

PC-SPES, a supplement advertised as a botanical medicine for prostate problems, was wildly popular among men with prostate cancer, largely because it seemed to work when pharmaceutical options did not. PC-SPES turned out to contain DES and warfarin, and was pulled from the market by California authorities, triggering outrage in the prostate cancer community.

Cruciferous Indole at the Crossroad of Estrogen Metabolism

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer

One of the keys to preventing estrogen-related cancers is to establish a healthy balance between estrogen metabolites. Cruciferous vegetables and specifically an indole phytonutrient called Diindolylmethane found only in these plants, can help to a great extent.

Antioxidants During Chemotherapy Spur Controversy

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer

WASHINGTON, DC—Do antioxidants help or hinder conventional cancer therapy? The question is one of the most contentious in cancer care today, not to mention one of the hottest topics at conferences on natural medicine.

Prostate Cancer Drugs Increase Risk of Osteoporosis, Fractures

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 6, No. 1. Spring, 2005

Men with prostate cancer who are treated with androgen-suppressing GnRH analog drugs, are at markedly increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures compared with patients of similar age who are not taking these drugs. The longer a man is on a GnRH analog, the greater is his osteoporosis/fracture risk.

Calendula Reduces Radiation Side Effects; Calcium &emdash; Vitamin D Improve Bone Mineral Density

By Tori Hudson, ND - Vol. 6, No. 1. Spring, 2005

Roughly 80% of all women with breast cancer who are treated with radiation therapy experience skin damage at the irradiated sites. Topical preparations containing extracts of Calendula, a flower in the Marigold family, can prevent this radiation-induced dermatitis.

Endocrine Disruptors, Precocious Puberty & Reproductive System Cancer

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 8, No. 4. Winter, 2007

Estrogenic and hormonally-active environmental toxins from plastics, pesticides, animal feed, and cosmetics play a key role in precocious puberty—on the rise in young girls---as well many forms of cancer, says Dr. Devra Lee Davis, of the University of Pittsburgh’s new Center for Environmental Oncology.

Decrease in Breast Cancer Has Experts Asking, WHI?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

The recent National Cancer Institute report showing a major downturn in breast cancer rates in 2003 had a lot of people saying "I told you so," and attributing the downturn to a drop-off in hormone replacement therapy. But it may not be that simple. Dr. Tori Hudson offers her thoughts on this hot topic.

Lycopene Has Health Benefits Beyond Prostate Cancer Prevention

By Stacey J. Bell, DSc, RD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

A recent National Cancer Institute sponsored study has challenged the notion that increased lycopene consumption can prevent prostate cancer. But on closer analysis of the data, that conclusion is hardly written in stone. A wealth of other research shows that this valuable nutrient, found abundantly in tomatoes, can lower blood pressure, reduce cardiac events, and even protect against sunburn.

Melatonin: Circadian Cycle Regulator Has Role in Treatment of Cancer, Hypertension

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 7, No. 3. Fall, 2006

Most people think of melatonin as a sleep aid and jet lag remedy, owing to its ability to regulate circadian rhythms. But this compound has many other benefits, including regulation of blood pressure and slowing the growth of several types of cancer.