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Psychosocial
And Alternative Therapy

   

  • Miller DR, Anderson GT, et al (Cancer Treatment Ctrs of America, Arlington Heights, III; Midwestern Regional Med Ctr, Zion, III; Rush Med Ctr, Chicago; et al)

    Phase I/II Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of Shark Cartilage in the Treatment of Advanced Cancer

    J Clin Oncol 16: 3649-3655, 1998

                                                             

    The popularity of shark cartilage as an alternative cancer treatment is increasing. 

                                             

    This study of 60 adult patients who received shark cartilage 1g/kg/day in 3 divided doses revealed that this as a single agent had no positive effect on quality of life. 

                                 

    The 16.7% rate of stable disease achieved in the series was comparable to that with supportive care only.

                                       

    The editor comments the negative results will not keep the public from buying or the health stores from selling this and other unproven products.
                            


 

 



 

 

Speciality Spotlight

 

 

Psychosocial And Alternative Therapy
   

  • Miller DR, Anderson GT, et al (Cancer Treatment Ctrs of America, Arlington Heights, III; Midwestern Regional Med Ctr, Zion, III; Rush Med Ctr, Chicago; et al)
    Phase I/II Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of Shark Cartilage in the Treatment of Advanced Cancer
    J Clin Oncol 16: 3649-3655, 1998
                                                             
    The popularity of shark cartilage as an alternative cancer treatment is increasing. 
                                             
    This study of 60 adult patients who received shark cartilage 1g/kg/day in 3 divided doses revealed that this as a single agent had no positive effect on quality of life. 
                                 
    The 16.7% rate of stable disease achieved in the series was comparable to that with supportive care only.
                                       
    The editor comments the negative results will not keep the public from buying or the health stores from selling this and other unproven products.                         

 

 

 

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