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|Vitamin E in cancer treatment: A review of clinical applications in randomized control trials.
|Vitamin E, along with other vitamins and micronutrients play a range of physiologic roles in the homeostasis of the body. Moreover, they also have postulated therapeutic roles that are often incompletely studied and understood. In this scoping review, we explored the recent randomized control trials (RCTs) of Vitamin E in the context of cancer, to investigate whether Vitamin E has a therapeutic role. We searched major bibliographic electronic databases to identify sixteen RCTs studying the role of Vitamin E in cancer management that have been published in the last ten years. These studies had different methodological qualities, including some that used Vitamin E in combination with other treatments. Furthermore, due to the heterogenous results, it is difficult to make a consensus statement on the effectiveness of Vitamin E in cancer therapeutics. In some cases, there were even suggestion of detriment with Vitamin E supplementation. Therefore, well designed, large, prospective RCTs are needed studying pure isoforms of Vitamin E to establish the safety and efficacy of this dietary supplement.
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