STUDY: Men’s Health Supplements Don’t Benefit Prostate Cancer Patients
A new study finds no evidence that men’s health supplements help prostate cancer patients.
Although popular, such supplements do not appear to lower the risk for experiencing radiation treatment side effects; the risk that localized cancer will spread; or the risk that prostate cancer patients will die from their disease, researchers found.
The study focused on supplement use among more than 2,200 men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer.
“We suspected that these pills were junk. Our study confirmed our suspicion,” said study lead author Dr. Nicholas Zaorsky, resident physician in radiation oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
Roughly one in two new cancer patients tries some type of dietary supplementation, often without their doctor’s knowledge, the study authors say.