Does retinol interact with cancer treatments?

There is little evidence to show either the positive or negative effects of retinol and vitamin A on cancer or cancer treatment.

What little evidence there is shows the positive effects of a healthy diet with vitamin A and retinol in the prevention of cancer.

There is also some proof that topical forms of vitamin A and retinol may help to stop the growth of both cervical and skin cancer.

However, vitamin A and retinol have, at times, reacted adversely with chemotherapy and radiation. It is possible that the antioxidants in vitamin A and retinol can interfere with these treatments.

Additionally, there is no proof that vitamin A and retinol can help to lessen side effects of chemotherapy, such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or mouth sores.

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