Fasting may boost chemo treatments

February 29, 2012 11:48 am

A new study conducted by the University of Southern California supports short-term fasting could assist chemotherapy cancer treatments.

The study was recently published in the Science Translation Medicine Journal and research shows that when cancer patients abstain from food for a short time while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, some cancers were cured. Cancers included breast, melanoma and giloma cells.

The results were true for the lab mice and the next step is more detailed research.

“A way to beat cancer cells may not be to try to find drugs that kill them specifically but to confuse them by generating extreme environments, such as fasting those only normal cells can quickly respond to,” said Professor Valter Longo, the study’s lead researcher to Healthcare Global.

Scientists warn for patients not to read this information and begin fasting, more research needs to be complete to see if the results would be similar for humans.

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