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Interaction of standardized mistletoe (Viscum album) extracts with chemotherapeutic drugs regarding cytostatic and cytotoxic effects in vitro

Posted January 8, 2014

Given the importance of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to cancer patients, there is an increasing need to learn more about possible interactions between CAM and anticancer drugs. Mistletoe (Viscum album L.) belongs to the medicinal herbs that are used as supportive care during chemotherapy. In the in vitro study presented here the effect of standardized mistletoe preparations on the cytostatic and cytotoxic activity of several common conventional chemotherapeutic drugs was investigated using different cancer cell lines.

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Unusual tropical fruit proves 10,000 times more effective at treating cancer than chemotherapy

Posted November 4, 2013

It is widely appreciated in many tropical regions of the world for its deliciously sweet, yet slightly tart, flavor profile marked with strong essences of strawberry, pineapple and citrus fruits like lemon and lime. But the exotic graviola fruit, also know as soursop or guanabana, represents a whole lot more than just savory extraordinaire, as this powerful “superfruit” is said to contain nutrient compounds that are thousands of times more effective than chemotherapy at treating many types of cancer.

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New science proves turmeric does what chemotherapy can’t: Kill multiple myeloma cells

Posted September 4, 2013

A breakthrough discovery has been made in the treatment of multiple myeloma, an aggressive type of cancer that forms in the plasma cells of bone marrow. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond recently found that, when combined with molecules from the anti-nausea drug thalidomide, turmeric, the active ingredient of which is commonly known as curcumin, is capable of targeting and killing multiple myeloma cells naturally.

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Moringa Oleifera aqueous leaf extract down-regulates nuclear factor-kappaB and increases cytotoxic effect of chemotherapy in pancreatic cancer cells

Posted August 21, 2013

Fewer than 6% patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas live up to five years after diagnosis. Chemotherapy is currently the standard treatment, however, these tumors often develop drug resistance over time. Agents for increasing the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy or reducing the cancer cells’ chemo-resistance to the drugs are required to improve treatment outcome. This study investigated the effect of aqueous Moringa Oleifera leaf extract on cultured human pancreatic cancer cells and whether it can potentiates the effect of cisplatin chemotherapy on these cells.

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Ginseng found to help chemo cancer patients have more energy

Posted July 27, 2013

What chemo- and radiation therapy take out of cancer patients, one simple compound – ginseng – puts back in, according to the results of a new study which extols further benefits of this root. Scientists, who published their findings in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, said they found that cancer patients and survivors who felt fatigued or sluggish from treatments said they felt noticeably better following two months’ worth of supplementation with ginseng.

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Garlic Oil May Ease Adverse Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation

Posted June 26, 2013

Demand has grown recently to find more natural ways to reduce the adverse effects of the two major methods for cancer treatment, ionizing radiation and chemotherapy. A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that garlic oil reduced the decrease of white blood cells affected by chemotherapy and radiation treatment in mice with cancerous tumors.

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Beat the worst of chemotherapy with medicinal mushrooms

Posted May 13, 2013

The chances of a brush with cancer these days are unfortunately high, especially in the West – with one in three now expected to suffer some form our most notorious disease at some point in their lives. With the rise of environmental toxins, unnatural levels of hormones in dairy and meat produce, transfats and sugars in foods, and freaky chemicals in cosmetics, cancer’s relentless rise is unwelcome, but ultimately understandable.

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Vitamin E in the Treatment of Chemotherapy-related Oral Mucositis in Children

Posted November 16, 2012

A randomized, controlled study including 72 children with chemotherapy-related oral mucositis (ChROM), between the ages of 6 and 15 years, found that vitamin E (E) and Pycnogenol (P) may be effective treatments for this condition, alone, and in combination.

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Nutrition planning for chemotherapy patients

Posted July 16, 2012

For better or worse, the population of chemotherapy and post-chemotherapy patients is a rapidly growing demographic. Modern lifestyles and an aging population suggest this trend won’t change soon.

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Chicory root fibre could trigger weight loss, finds new research

Posted April 30, 2012

Researchers at the University of Maastricht have found that oligofructose (a carbohydrate-based dietary fiber extracted from chicory roots) can reduce the energy intake of healthy volunteers by 10 per cent while maintaining normal levels of satiety and hunger.

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