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Herbal remedies and functional foods used by cancer patients attending specialty oncology clinics in Trinidad

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, October 2016
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Title
Herbal remedies and functional foods used by cancer patients attending specialty oncology clinics in Trinidad
Published in
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, October 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12906-016-1380-x
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Yuri N. Clement, Varune Mahase, Annelise Jagroop, Kelly Kissoon, Aarti Maharaj, Prashant Mathura, Chrys Mc Quan, Divya Ramadhin, Cherrista Mohammed

Abstract

Cancer is a major disease worldwide, and many patients use complementary and alternative treatments. The purpose of this study was to identify the herbal remedies and functional foods used as complementary medicine by prostate, breast and colorectal cancer patients at speciality care facilities in Trinidad. We also sought to determine how patients rated the efficacy of these modalities compared with conventional treatment. A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was conducted using an interviewer-administered pilot-tested de novo questionnaire during the period June to August 2012 at two speciality treatment centres on the island. Data was analysed using χ(2) analyses. Among the 150 patients who reported use of herbal remedies/functional foods, soursop (Annona muricata L.) was the most popular; with 80.7 % using the leaves, bark, fruit and seeds on a regular basis. Other common herbal remedies/functional foods included wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum L.), saffron (Crocus sativus L.) and Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f. The most commonly used functional foods were beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.), carrots (Daucus carata L.) and papaya (Carica papaya L.) used by 43.3 % of patients; and these were mostly blended as a mixture. Herbal remedies and functional foods were used on a daily basis and patients believed that this modality was equally (32.0 %) or more efficacious (14.7 %) than conventional treatment. This survey identified the most common herbal remedies and functional foods used among prostate, breast and colorectal cancer patients in Trinidad. Although functional foods rarely pose a problem, herbs may interact with conventional chemotherapy and physicians need to inform patients regarding probable herb-drug interactions.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Unknown 98 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 17 17%
Student > Bachelor 17 17%
Student > Postgraduate 7 7%
Other 6 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 6%
Other 22 22%
Unknown 24 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 10%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 9 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 6%
Other 27 27%
Unknown 28 28%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 September 2021.
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#15,126,236
of 22,489,892 outputs
Outputs from BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies
#1,920
of 3,303 outputs
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#197,525
of 318,790 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies
#137
of 263 outputs
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