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Plant-based Chemicals Could Reverse Terminal Cancer

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Combinations of a significant number of non-toxic chemicals, many of which can be found in plants and foods, may help treat advanced and untreatable cancers, according to new research from a global taskforce of 180 scientists.

Prof Lynn Ferguson of The University of Auckland, whose team focused on genomic instability, says the research published in Seminars in Cancer Biology ( suggests that non-toxic doses of plant and food chemicals may even address cancer relapse.

“While current therapies have achieved modest successes in some cancers, significant problems remain with most of our approaches to treatment,” Ferguson says. “In particular, many newer targeted therapies are extremely expensive, highly toxic and not effective for rare types of cancer and advanced cancers.

“Even when they appear to work, a significant percentage of patients will experience a relapse after only a few months,” she says. “Typically advanced cancers are untreatable and relapses occur when small sub-populations of mutated cells become resistant to therapy. Doctors who try to address this problem with combinations of therapies find that therapeutic toxicity typically limits their ability to stop many cancers.”

To tackle this problem, the taskforce nominated 74 high-priority molecular targets that could be reached with chemicals to improve patient...

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