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Dec 20, 2005

Ancient Chinese Medicine For Breast Cancer

Ancient Chinese Medicine For Breast Cancer
When I hear about a Chinese herbal remedy I worry about it somewhat due to the fact that frequently they are based on very little scientific proof, but the fact that an ancient Chinese folk medicine may hold the solution to a non-toxic treatment for breast cancer has a strong underlying scientific and biological rational to it

Researchers from the University of Washington have revealed breast cancer cells can be successfully targeted, using a chemical derived from the wormwood plant called artemisinin. According to Henry Lai, research professor in the Department of Bioengineering, artemisinin is selectively toxic to cancer cells and is effective orally.

Artemisinin helps control malaria as it reacts with the high iron concentrations found in the malaria parasite. This reaction produces charged atoms called free radicals that kill the infected cells by tearing open their protective membranes.

Professor Lai found that the same rule holds good for cancer cells, which need a lot more iron than normal cells for their rapid division.

The reason for artemisinin's apparent preventative effect may be twofold, the researchers said. The substance may kill precancerous cells, which also tend to use more iron than ordinary cells, before those cells develop into a tumor.

Artemisinin also may hinder angiogenesis, or a tumor's ability to grow networks of blood vessels that allow it to enlarge. Because artemisinin is widely used in Asia and Africa as an anti-malarial, it has a track record of being fairly safe and causing no known side effects, Lai said.

Sherin      



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Breast cancer
Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

Breast Cancer Blog: Ancient Chinese Medicine For Breast Cancer

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