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

This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup as a treatment for people with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup and a review of animal and human studies. The information in the Human/Clinical Studies section is summarized in a table located at the end of that section.

This summary contains the following key information:

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  • "Selected Vegetables" and "Sun's Soup" are names given to several different mixtures of vegetables and herbs that have been studied as treatments for cancer. These mixtures were developed by a single individual.
  • At present, two formulations of Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup are marketed in the United States as dietary supplements.
  • The vegetables and herbs in Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup are thought to have anticancer and/or immune-system –stimulating properties.
  • It has been reported that treatment with Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup lengthened the survival of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer or other types of malignant tumors. However, each study tested different formulations of Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup, making the comparison of results across studies difficult. Furthermore, design weaknesses in the studies raise doubts about the reliability of the findings.
  • The developer is conducting or contemplating additional clinical studies of Selected Vegetables/Sun's Soup.

Many of the medical and scientific terms used in the summary are hypertext linked (at first use in each section) to the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, which is oriented toward nonexperts. When a linked term is clicked, a definition will appear in a separate window.

Reference citations in some PDQ CAM information summaries may include links to external Web sites that are operated by individuals or organizations for the purpose of marketing or advocating the use of specific treatments or products. These reference citations are included for informational purposes only. Their inclusion should not be viewed as an endorsement of the content of the Web sites, or of any treatment or product, by the PDQ Cancer CAM Editorial Board or the National Cancer Institute.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

    Last Updated: September 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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