Enhancing Ovarian Cancer Treatment with Plant Compounds

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One of the big challenges in cancer treatment is resistance, when cells never react or stop reacting to a chemotherapy drug’s lethal effects. For ovarian cancer, resistance can occur with the commonly-used drug cisplatin.

The phytochemicals found in plant foods may help, a new study suggests. The study is preliminary, conducted on cancer cells, yet it suggests that a phytochemical called kaempferol may help this ovarian treatment be more effective.

Kaempferol is a flavonoid, one of the largest groups of phytochemicals and studied previously for its role in protecting against cancer. It’s found in many plant-foods, including berries, tea, and broccoli.

You can read the study here.

AICR has funded many studies on the effects of dietary components on cancer treatments: We featured a couple of them on breast cancer treatment in this months eNews.

AICR-Funded Ovarian Cancer Study Making News

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An intriguing AICR-funded study on flaxseed and ovarian cancer is making news today. The study investigated how a flaxseed-enriched diet would effect ovarian cancer development in hens. Although the study was conducted in animals, it will hopefully lead to research that will help ovarian cancer survivors.

Why hens? Hens are the only other animals besides humans known to spontaneously develop ovarian cancer, and at a relatively high rate. That makes hens a strong model to study ovarian cancer, a disease dubbed “the silent killer” because it is often not detected until the later stages.

You can read a news report about the study here.

You can also read an earlier report on the study and the lead scientist Dale Hales, PhD. , which we wrote about in Cancer Research Update.

Diet-Cancer News Roundup

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Steve the AICR Librarian scours the net for the latest developments in the study of cancer risk as it relates to diet, physical activity and weight.  Here’s his latest roundup.

ALCOHOL

Drinking Alcohol Linked to Unhealthy Diet

BREAST CANCER

Multivitamins Linked to Breast Cancer Risk

Preventing Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women by Achievable Diet Modification: A missed opportunity in public health policy.

CANCER PATIENTS

Promising Hormone May Help Reduce Malnutrition in Gastric Cancer Patients

Effect of Medical Staff’s Advice on Changing Dietary Behavior in Women with Cancer (Hungary)

CONSUMERS

Cultural Occasions for Snacking

OFFBEAT

Diet of Contaminated InsectsHarms Endangered Meat-Eating Plants