The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Survival and quality of life in patients with breast cancer who take ginseng

    Researchers from Vanderbilt University and the Shanghai Cancer Institute in China have reported on the effects of ginseng in 1455 patients with breast cancer who were followed for 4 to 6 years.

    Here are the results.

    • Compared to those who never used ginseng, regular users had a lower risk of death due to breast cancer or due to any cause
    • Taking ginseng after the breast cancer diagnosis was associated with higher quality of life
    • Additionally, taking higher doses of ginseng was associated with better quality of life

    How could this be?

    Possibly it has to do with the positive effects of ginseng on the immune system, as summarized here.

    11/3/06 13:25 JR

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