Cranberry capsules ease pain in cancer treatment

Men taking radiation treatment for prostate cancer often have an inflamed bladder, called cystitis, as a side effect.

Because cranberry helps maintain urinary tract health, doctors wanted to test its effect on this condition. During the radiation treatment, 41 men took a cranberry capsule containing 72 mg of proanthocyanidins per day, or a placebo, and continued for two weeks afterwards. In the placebo group, 90 percent of the men developed cystitis compared to 65 percent for those who took cranberry. Also, men in the placebo group were 50 percent more likely to have severe symptoms, and overall, symptoms were less severe for the men who took cranberry.

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