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View in Spanish: Pomada de caléndula

Calendula ointment (kuh-LEN-dyuh-luh OYNT-ment)
A substance made from the flower of the marigold plant . Calendula-based skin products have been used to treat minor cuts, burns, and skin irritation. The products that are available in the United States may not contain the same amount or mixture of ingredients and may not be effective. Another product, Calendula ointment, is being studied in France in the prevention of dermatitis in patients having radiation therapy for breast cancer. The ointment being studied is not available in the United States.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.