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Recent Research

More Effective Chemotherapy?

chemoSome really fascinating cancer research is just moving into human trials, specifically involving breast cancer treatment.  Calorie restriction, or dieting, while going through chemotherapy may significantly improve treatment outcomes.

We first read about this last year, when researchers were having excellent results in animal tests.  The researchers found that a 48-60 hour fast allowed them to expose mice to higher levels of chemotherapy treatment, without the increased toxicity that is common with higher levels of treatment.

The theory behind this is that healthy cells in a body are able to down-regulate their metabolism, while cancer cells cannot.  When the body is in this down-regulated state, cancer cells absorb more of the chemotherapy drugs while healthy cells absorb less.  If it is found to be as effective in human patients, this could result in more effective chemotherapy treatment with fewer side effects, simply by moderating diet during the treatment periods! There have been few specific human cases in which it’s been tested, but this announcement is one of the first controlled trials looking into the research using human participants with breast cancer.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130204094507.htm

 

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