PC-SPES is a mixture of 8 herbs that was sold as a dietary supplement to keep the prostate healthy (see Question 1).
Some batches of PC-SPES were found to contain prescription medicines. It was taken off the market and is no longer being made (see Question 1).
Herbs in PC-SPES have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many health problems, including prostate problems, for hundreds of years (see Question 2).
The herbs used in PC-SPES have been reported to help keep cancer cells...
Treatment Options for Newly Diagnosed Childhood Craniopharyngioma
Added Clark et al. as reference 8.
Revised text to state that the surgical procedure is followed by radiation therapy, with a 5-year progression-free survival rate of about 70% to 90% and 10-year overall survival rates higher than 90% (cited Merchant et al. as reference 12 and level of evidence 3iDiii). Also added text to state that transient cyst enlargement may be noted soon after radiation therapy but generally resolves without further intervention (cited Shi et al. as reference 14 and level of evidence 3iDiv).
Added Kickingereder et al. as reference 24 and level of evidence 2A.
Treatment Options for Recurrent Childhood Craniopharyngioma
Added text to state that although systemic therapy is generally not utilized, a small series has shown that the use of subcutaneous pegylated interferon alpha-2b to manage cystic recurrences can result in durable response (cited Yeung et al. as reference 7 and level of evidence 3iiiDiii).
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