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The Use of Health Functional Foods in Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients

Authors
 Hwa Pyoung Kang  ;  Hosun Lee  ;  Tak Geun Oh  ;  Kyong Joo Lee  ;  Soo Jung Park  ;  Moon Jae Chung  ;  Seung Up Kim  ;  Hyuk Lee  ;  Jun Chul Park  ;  Sung Pil Hong  ;  Jun Yong Park  ;  Jeong Youp Park  ;  Seungmin Bang  ;  Do Young Kim  ;  Jae Hee Cheon  ;  Sang Hoon Ahn  ;  Tae Il Kim  ;  Seung Woo Park  ;  Si Young Song 
Citation
 Clinical Nutrition Research, Vol.2(1) : 19-25, 2013 
Journal Title
 Clinical Nutrition Research 
ISSN
 2287-3732 
Issue Date
2013
Abstract
As an adjunct to cancer treatment, the use of health functional foods (HFFs) seems to be increasing. However, little is known for the use of HFFs among cancer patients in Korea. The aims of this study were to investigate the exposure rate of HFF use among gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients and to examine the relationship of socio-demographic and disease-related characteristics with the use of HFFs. A total of 126 patients diagnosed with GI cancer participated in the study. A cross-sectional survey was conducted using a questionnaire. Over a half of all the patients surveyed (n = 67; 53.2%) used HFFs. Patients who were younger, had higher income, or longer duration of disease showed a trend to use HFFs more frequently, even though the tendency was not statistically significant. The most commonly used HFF was vitamin complex (n = 20; 16%), followed by red ginseng (n = 15; 12%), and sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua) (n = 11; 8.8%). About 26% of all responders expressed concerns for using HFFs. The primary concern was 'going against physician's recommendations' (36.8%). About 63% of respondents expressed a desire to consult with their physicians and follow their recommendations. More basic scientific data and educational materials regarding HFFs are required for both health-care professionals and cancer patients. A larger sample and size-controlled groups representing each cancer type will continue to be recruited for participation in this survey.
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/86783
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DOI
10.7762/cnr.2013.2.1.19
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1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실)
Yonsei Authors
강화평(Kang, Huapyong) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1790-0809
김도영(Kim, Do Young)
김승업(Kim, Seung Up)
김태일(Kim, Tae Il)
박수정(Park, Soo Jung)
박승우(Park, Seung Woo)
박정엽(Park, Jeong Youp)
박준용(Park, Jun Yong) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6324-2224
박준철(Park, Jun Chul) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8018-0010
방승민(Bang, Seungmin) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5209-8351
송시영(Song, Si Young) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1417-4314
안상훈(Ahn, Sang Hoon)
오탁근(Oh, Tak Geun)
이혁(Lee, Hyuk)
정문재(Chung, Moon Jae)
천재희(Cheon, Jae Hee)
홍성필(Hong, Sung Pil)
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