The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is a nonprofit alliance of 21 cancer centers throughout the U.S. Experts from NCCN cancer centers diagnose and treat all cancers, with a particular focus on complex, aggressive, or uncommon cancers.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network also develops the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, a set of recommendations designed to help health care professionals diagnose, treat, and manage cancer patient care. These guidelines have also been translated into the NCCN Treatment Summaries for People with Cancer, which help people with cancer better understand cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
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.
This summary contains the following key information:
Bovine (cow) cartilage and shark cartilage have been studied as treatments for people with cancer and other medical conditions for more than 30 years.