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BACKGROUND Many cancer patients use cancer diets. MATERIALS AND METHODS We listed 13 cancer diets simulating an internet search for which we systematically reviewed clinical data. In the next step we derived recommendations on counseling patients using a Delphi process. RESULTS We evaluated the following diets: raw vegetables and fruits, alkaline diet,(More)
PURPOSE A total of 40 % of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and patients with advanced cancer use CAM more often than others. The aim of our study was to gather data on CAM use and reasons to use CAM of patients with advanced cancer being admitted for residential palliative care and their relatives. METHODS Structured(More)
OBJECTIVE The substitution of selenium activates the selenium-dependent enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which is important for scavenging free radicals. To date, only limited data are available about the clinical impact of selenium regarding the toxicities due to free radical producing therapies, e.g. irradiation or chemotherapy, and therefore the objective(More)
A total of 502 patients treated between 1990 and 2002 with low-dose radiotherapy (RT) for painful heel spurs were analysed for prognostic factors for long-term treatment success. The median follow-up was 26 months, ranging from 1 to 103 months. Events were defined as (1) slightly improved or unchanged pain after therapy, or (2) recurrent pain sensations(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of this article is to summarize the updated DEGRO consensus S2e guideline recommendations for the treatment of benign painful degenerative skeletal disorders with low-dose radiotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS This overview reports on the role of low-dose radiotherapy in the treatment of enthesiopathies (shoulder syndrome,(More)
About 50% of cancer patients use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Women with breast cancer use CAM more frequently than others. We linked a questionnaire to the largest internet portal for cancer patients in Germany. The questionnaire addresses attitude towards CAM, disclosure to the oncologist, source of information, and objectives for use of(More)
UNLABELLED Reduced serum-zinc concentrations are well known as typical laboratory characteristics in advanced head and neck cancer. Our aim was to follow the development of this phenomenon during the disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 21 patients were included in this pilot-study (1 female, 20 male). The median age was 64 years, range 43-80 years.(More)
The essential trace element selenium, which is a crucial cofactor in the most important endogenous antioxidative systems of the human body, is attracting more and more the attention of both laypersons and expert groups. The interest of oncologists mainly focuses in the following clinical aspects: radioprotection of normal tissues, radiosensitizing in(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the impact of selenium in the treatment of lymphedema of the head and neck region after radiotherapy alone or in combination with surgery. SUBJECTS AND MATERIALS Between June 1996 and June 2001 a total of 36 cancer patients (29 male, 7 female; median age 61 years) were treated with selenium for persistent, extensive or progressive(More)
BACKGROUND In Europe about 40% to 50% of patients with cancer use complementary or alternative medicine (CAM). Only scarce data regarding the use of CAM have been reported from comprehensive cancer Centers. PATIENTS AND METHODS We carried out a survey on patients attending the counseling Unit for CAM of a German comprehensive cancer Center using a(More)