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Dietary Approaches to Fighting Cancer

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I thought it might be helpful to have one thread for all of the research that has been completed looking at the impact of various foods and herbs on cancer cells. I am going to start with the article below and then take my time going through all the posts and move the food-related ones here. By clearly marking this thread, those who are interested will have information in one place; and those who are not interested can move on.

I hope there are some women here who will find this useful. More to come.

Claudia posted this article:


"Ginger causes ovarian cancer cells to die, U-M researchers find

Cell studies show promise for ginger as potential ovarian cancer treatment

Notice to patients: This study represents very preliminary research findings made in the laboratory. Further testing is needed before researchers know how or if ginger should play a role in the treatment of ovarian cancer. U-M researchers do not recommend taking ginger as treatment for cancer. Please talk to your oncologist before taking any dietary or herbal supplements. For more information about ovarian cancer treatment, call Cancer AnswerLine at 800-865-1125.

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ginger is known to ease nausea and control inflammation. But researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are investigating a new use for this age-old remedy: treating ovarian cancer.

In laboratory studies, researchers found ginger caused ovarian cancer cells to die. Further, the way in which the cells died suggests ginger may avoid the problem common in ovarian cancer of cells becoming resistant to standard treatments.

The researchers are presenting their results in a poster session at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.

Researchers used ginger powder, similar to what is sold at grocery stores, only a standardized research grade. The ginger powder was dissolved in solution and applied to ovarian cancer cell cultures. Ginger induced cell death in all the ovarian cancer cell lines tested.

Moreover, the researchers found that ginger caused two types of cell death. One type, known as apoptosis, results from cancer cells essentially committing suicide. The other type of cell death, called autophagy, results from cells digesting or attacking themselves.

“Most ovarian cancer patients develop recurrent disease that eventually becomes resistant to standard chemotherapy – which is associated with resistance to apoptosis. If ginger can cause autophagic cell death in addition to apoptosis, it may circumvent resistance to conventional chemotherapy,” says study author J. Rebecca Liu, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the U-M Medical School and a member of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Study results are very preliminary, and researchers plan to test whether they can obtain similar results in animal studies. The appeal of ginger as a potential treatment for ovarian cancer is that it would have virtually no side effects and would be easy to administer as a capsule.

Ginger is effective at controlling inflammation, and inflammation contributes to the development of ovarian cancer cells. By halting the inflammatory reaction, the researchers suspect, ginger also stops cancer cells from growing.

“In multiple ovarian cancer cell lines, we found that ginger induced cell death at a similar or better rate than the platinum-based chemotherapy drugs typically used to treat ovarian cancer,” says Jennifer Rhode, M.D., a gynecologic oncology fellow at the U-M Medical School.

Liu’s lab is also looking at the effects on ovarian cancer of resveratrol, a substance found in red wine, and curcumin, the active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric. In addition, researchers at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center are investigating ginger to control nausea from chemotherapy and ginger to prevent colon cancer.

“Patients are using natural products either in place of or in conjunction with chemotherapy, and we don’t know if they work or how they work. We don’t know how these products interact with chemotherapy or other cancer treatments. There’s no good clinical data,” Liu says.

More than 20,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and 15,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. For information about ovarian cancer, go to www.cancer.med.umich.edu/learn/ovarianinfo.htm or call the U-M Cancer AnswerLine at 800-865-1125.

In addition to Rhode and Liu, study authors are undergraduate student Jennifer Huang, research associates Sarah Fogoros and Lijun Tan, and Suzanna Zick, N.D., M.P.H., research investigator in family medicine.

Funding for the study was from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Reference: American Association for Cancer Research 97th annual meeting, April 1-5, 2006, Washington, D.C."

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Since my wife and I had some history of complementing our coping with uterine cancer with a diet, I'd like to share some info on the subject too. Hopefully it will be of some help for you.


Curcumin against uterine cancer

Natural uterine cancer cures include the use of antitumor agent of turmeric called curcumin, that inhibits (suppresses) uterine cancer cells. Turmeric has proven that its effect is equal to the effect of new anticancer drugs, including tumor necrosis factor inhibitors: Remicade, Humira and Enbrel; anti-vascular endothelial growth factor used in treatment of ovarian cancer (Avastin); blocking agent of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), used in breast cancer patients (Herceptin).


Pumpkin and watermelon will help you on the way to recovery from uterine cancer

It has been established that plants containing cucurbitacin exert antitumor actions on human uterine cancer cells. It is the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family. The most popular edible plants of this family are pumpkin, watermelon, melon, cucumber. Pumpkin’s carotene is also often used as part of natural cures for uterine cancer and is a great natural remedy that inhibits uterine cancer. It is recommended to use these products on a daily basis.

Be extra careful with non-food cucurbitacin-containing plants, because generally they are extremely poisonous. In connection with that you should be very cautious while using them and strictly adhere to recommended single and daily dosage. Poisoning symptoms: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, presence of blood in the urine. Symptoms in severe cases: cramps, symptoms of injury of the central nervous system. Emergency measures: stomach lavage, drink ample water, preferably milk.


Cabbage as natural and safe method for fighting uterine cancer

Antitumor effect of Cruciferous vegetables is connected with the presence of specific sulfur compounds in them – isothiocyanates and glucosinolates. The effect of indole-3-carbinol, extracted from the cabbage, has been widely studied. Many experiments revealed that active substances of Cruciferous vegetables induce malignant uterine cancer cells apoptosis, block hormone receptors. change the activity of steroidogenic enzymes, promote transformation of sex hormones into inactive metabolites. The dietary therapy of uterine cancer should include edible Cruciferous vegetables and, of course, various types of cabbage – cauliflower and Brussels sprout. Cruciferous vegetable can even be used as part of stage 4 uterine cancer treatment.


The info teken from the site: http://paseka.us/cancer-types/uterine-cancer/


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