Cancer patients turn to supplements

CONCERNS:More than a third of patients do not tell their doctors about dietary supplements, and a small number think such supplements can cure their cancer

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 26, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

More than 80 percent of local cancer patients regularly take dietary supplements in the hope of increasing their chances of recovery, but a survey found that some turn to such products in place of cancer medications, the Hope Foundation for Cancer Care said yesterday.

The survey, conducted between Sept. 5 and Oct. 24 last year, found that 82.1 percent of respondents use nutritional supplements, taking an average of 4.3 kinds of supplement, the foundation said.     [FULL  STORY]