Black Cohosh for Breast Cancer Atlantic Beach FL

Many women with breast cancer take black cohosh during radiation or chemotherapy because of menopausal symptoms brought on by the treatments—yet few discuss their use of complementary methods with their physicians. Because of this trend, a group of Yale University researchers is investigating whether the herbal medicine alters the cancer cell-killing action of medical treatments.

Charles Leon Gaudry Jr, MD
(904) 251-3540
Jacksonville, FL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1962

Data Provided by:
Timothy Allen Jamieson, MD
(904) 346-3338
3599 University Blvd S
Jacksonville, FL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1994

Data Provided by:
Gerardo Colon-Otero, MD
(904) 725-0355
East 8-A 4500 San Pablo Rd
Jacksonville, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1979

Data Provided by:
Vivek Roy
(904) 953-2000
4500 San Pablo Rd S
Jacksonville, FL
Specialty
Hematology / Oncology

Data Provided by:
Silvia DePaz
(904) 858-0110
3599 University Blvd S
Jacksonville, FL
Specialty
Hematology

Data Provided by:
Gerardo Colon-Otero, MD
(904) 953-2000
4500 San Pablo Rd S
Jacksonville, FL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

Data Provided by:
John Douglas Earle, MD
(904) 953-2000
4500 San Pablo Rd S
Jacksonville, FL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1964

Data Provided by:
Winston Tan, MD
(904) 953-7290
4500 San Pablo Rd S
Jacksonville, FL
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1986

Data Provided by:
Mary A Westrick, MD
(904) 992-0265
13022 Huntley Manor Dr
Jacksonville, FL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1975

Data Provided by:
Steven John Buskirk
(904) 953-2000
4500 San Pablo Rd S
Jacksonville, FL
Specialty
Radiation Oncology

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Black Cohosh for Breast Cancer

Provided by: 

Since 2003, when evidence that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) might increase risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women, the herb black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) has gained in popularity.

Many women with breast cancer take black cohosh during radiation or chemotherapy because of menopausal symptoms brought on by the treatments—yet few discuss their use of complementary methods with their physicians. Because of this trend, a group of Yale University researchers is investigating whether the herbal medicine alters the cancer cell-killing action of medical treatments.

Their study, done in vitro using breast cancer cells from mice, tested the effects of three brands of black cohosh on five common anti-cancer agents. Their results show the herb had no effect on radiation or the drug 4-HC and that it actually increased the toxicity (effectiveness) of two cancer drugs (doxorubicin and docetaxel) on breast cancer cells. However, black cohosh decreased the effectiveness of the cisplatin drug.

“[In vitro] studies are interesting, but their clinical relevance to human experience is ambiguous at best,” says Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council in Austin, Texas. The Yale researchers agree that in vivo studies, or studies using live animals instead of petri dishes, are necessary, and they’re continuing work with live mice. In the meantime, they say black cohosh is potentially consequential to the outcome of conventional cancer therapy, and they state that breast cancer patients should be discouraged from taking the herb until its effects are better defined.

This study may be preliminary, but it points out the need to inform your doctor if you are considering or currently using black cohosh during cancer treatment.

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...