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Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup (PDQ®): Complementary and alternative medicine - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Human / Clinical Studies


With respect to the third point, it is important to note that results obtained with such highly motivated, self-selected patients might not be typical of those obtained with most patients diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

The developer is currently conducting a phase II clinical trial to determine whether Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup can improve immune system function in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.[4] No information is available about the number of patients enrolled in this trial, and preliminary findings have been described for just one patient.

A randomized phase III trial (NCT00246727) of patients with stage IIIB or stage IV non-small cell lung cancer is being conducted. The primary objective is to compare the survival of patients receiving Selected Vegetables Sun's Soup dietary supplement with those receiving a placebo while undergoing treatment with best supportive care (i.e., radiation therapy, surgery, or palliative care).

Reported Use of Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup as a Treatment for Human Cancera

Principal Reference CitationType of Study/ReportType of CancerNo. of Patients: Enrolled; Treated; ControlbStrongest Benefit ReportedConcurrent TherapycLevel of Evidence Scored
No. = number.
a See text and glossary for more details and definitions of terms.
b Number of patients treated plus number of patients controlled may not equal number of patients enrolled; number of patients enrolled = number of patients initially recruited/considered by the researchers who conducted a study; number of patients treated = number of enrolled patients who were administered the treatment being studiedAND for whom results were reported; historical control subjects are not included in number of patients enrolled.
c Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy,hormone therapy, pleurodesis administered/allowed at same time as treatment with Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup.
d For information about levels of evidence analysis and an explanation of the level of evidence score, seeLevels of Evidence for Human Studies of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
[1]Anecdotal report(patent document)Metastatic kidney or non-small cell lung4; 4; NoneComplete tumor regression, 3 patientsYesNone
[2]Phase I/II trialEarly non-small cell lung (toxicity study)5; 5; NoneImproved Karnofsky performance status, 4 patientsYesNone
[3]Nonconsecutive case seriesAdvanced non-small cell lung16; 12; NoneImproved median survivalYes, 10 of 12 evaluated patients3iiiA


  1. Sun AS: Herbal Treatment of Malignancy. US Patent 5437866. August 1, 1995. Washington, DC: US Patent and Trademark Office, 1995. Available online. Last accessed January 10, 2013.
  2. Sun AS, Ostadal O, Ryznar V, et al.: Phase I/II study of stage III and IV non-small cell lung cancer patients taking a specific dietary supplement. Nutr Cancer 34 (1): 62-9, 1999.
  3. Sun AS, Yeh HC, Wang LH, et al.: Pilot study of a specific dietary supplement in tumor-bearing mice and in stage IIIB and IV non-small cell lung cancer patients. Nutr Cancer 39 (1): 85-95, 2001.
  4. Sun Farm Vegetable Soup (SV). Milford, Conn: Sun Farm Corporation, 2000. Available online. Last accessed January 10, 2013.

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