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Breast Care (Basel). 2009;4(1):31-33. Epub 2009 Feb 20.

Carctol: Profit before Patients?

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Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Exeter, UK.



Carctol is a herbal remedy that recently was widely reported to offer a cure for a range of cancers. This article is aimed at evaluating the evidence that supports this claim.


In addition to numerous websites, we conducted systematic searches in six electronic databases. Any factual information relating to Carctol was considered.


The websites provided the composition of the herbal mixture and numerous claims as to its effectiveness. However, not a single scientific study of any style was found.


The claim that Carctol is of any benefit to cancer patients is not supported by scientific evidence.

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