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April 2001 Issue

Antioxidant Dilemma: Feed or Starve a Tumor?

Q. Are antioxidants helpful or harmful during cancer treatment? A. That depends on whom you ask. Antioxidants may help prevent some cancers, but the effect they have in someone already diagnosed with cancer is hotly contested. Itís unknown, for example, whether vitamin C and other antioxidants can bolster or derail the effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

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