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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    Review: Effect of lycopene on prostate cancer progression

    Researchers from the Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland reviewed the association between lycopene and the progression of prostate cancer.

    First, the details.

    • 8 studies were identified (5 failed to include a comparative control group).

    And, the results.

    • 6 studies reported that higher intake of lycopene intake was associated with lower PSA blood levels.
      • PSA (prostate-specific antigen) is a protein in men’s blood that’s used to screen for and monitor the progress of prostate cancer.
    • In 1 study, rates of cancer progression measured by bone scan were lower in those taking lycopene.
    • Lycopene was associated with lower cancer-related symptoms (pain, urinary tract symptoms), and was well tolerated.

    The bottom line?

    Despite these positive results, the authors concluded, the evidence available to date is insufficient to draw a firm conclusion with respect to lycopene supplementation in prostate cancer patients.”

    They recommended more and larger studies.

    1/12/10 19:30 JR

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