Health Care Professional Information

Clinical Summary

Cellect has not been studied in clinical trials and there is no evidence that it can be used to prevent or treat any diseases in humans. We do not support using this product as a cancer treatment.

Cellect is a line of dietary supplements that include gelatin, cod liver oil, and different blends that consist of vitamin E, minerals, shark cartilage and milk thistle. It is marketed as a vitamin program purported to maintain the body's normal functions, to help boost the immune system, and to treat cancer by alleviating the body's chemical imbalances. Although shark cartilage was examined for its antitumor and antiangiogenic activities in vitro and in animal models, clinical trials show that it is not effective in humans.

Cellect should not be confused with a device that is used to separate cells.

Purported Uses
  • Cancer treatment
  • Health maintenance
  • Immunostimulant
Constituents
Mechanism of Action

The mechanism of action is not known. Some constituents of Cellect, such as shark cartilage and milk thistle, have been studied for their anticancer properties. Cellect has not been studied in clinical trials and there is no evidence that it can be used to prevent or treat any diseases in humans.

Contraindications

Pregnant or lactating women should consult their physician before using this product.

Adverse Reactions
  • Upset stomach
  • Loose stools
Dosage (Inside MSKCC Only)
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References
  1. Cellect. http://www.cellect.org. Accessed May 4, 2011.

Consumer Information

How It Works

Bottom Line: Cellect has not been shown to treat cancer in humans.

Cellect is a line of dietary supplements that includes gelatin, cod liver oil, and different blends that consist of vitamin E, minerals, shark cartilage and milk thistle. It is thought to help maintain the body's normal functions, to boost the immune system, and to help fight cancer by fixing the body's chemical imbalances. However, none of these claims are backed by scientific evidence. Some of the ingredients such as milk thistle may cause drug interactions.

Purported Uses
  • Cancer Treatment
    No scientific evidence supports this use.
  • Health maintenance
    There are no published data to back this claim.
  • Immunostimulation
    There is no scientific evidence to support this claim.
Patient Warnings

Cellect has not been studied in clinical trials and there is no evidence that it can be used to prevent or treat any diseases in humans. We do not support using this product as a cancer treatment.

Do Not Take If
  • You are pregnant or lactating
Side Effects
  • Upset stomach
  • Loose stools
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