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Vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea are common chemotherapy side effects that can be so severe that patients may refuse further treatment. Emergency Brake/Flickr

Why placebos for chemotherapy side effects are hard to swallow

It’s unthinkable to give a placebo to someone to treat their cancer, but could we use one to treat chemotherapy’s well-known side effects? Unfortunately, we may never be able to answer this question because…
Research suggests the chemicals in chokeberry have a synergistic effect with a cancer drug. Katja Schulz/Flickr

Nutraceuticals are often big on promise but fail to deliver

Extracts from a berry can improve the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug, according to research published today in the Journal of Clinical Pathology. But it’s best to view this finding with caution because…
Around 70% of cancer survivors report difficulties with memory and concentration after chemotherapy. Image from shutterstock.com

‘Chemo brain’ and cognitive decline after cancer

Cancer and its treatments cause a variety of side effects, some of which people recover from quickly, while others last long after treatment is over. After chemotherapy, around 70% of cancer survivors…

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Carbon monoxide can help treat cancer

Carbon monoxide has been found to shrink tumours and improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy in treating cancer. Small…