This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of cartilage as a treatment for people with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of cartilage research, the results of clinical studies, and possible side effects of cartilage use.
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Bovine (cow) cartilage and shark cartilage have been studied as treatments for people with cancer and other medical conditions for more than 30 years.
Added text about a study of 1,181 California physicians and nurse practitioners that examined knowledge gaps and perceptions about cancer genetic testing, genetic discrimination, and genetic nondiscrimination laws.
Education and Counseling About Risk/Risk Communication
Added text to state that the receipt of genetic feedback for BRCA1/2 and mismatch repair gene testing by letter, rather than a face-to-face genetic counseling feedback session, has been investigated (cited Voorwinden et al. as reference 28).
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