Natural Heart Drugs and Colon Cancer Jamaica Plain MA
Commonwealth Physicians Services Inc
Internal Medicine, Hematology / Oncology
Graduation Year: 2007
Jamaica Plain, MA
Medical School: Mc Master Univ, Sch Of Med, Hamilton, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital: Faulkner Hosp, Boston, Ma
Group Practice: Faulkner Breast Ctr
General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Hematology / Oncology
Jamaica Plain, MA
Internal Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Medical School: Univ Of Calcutta, Med Coll, Calcutta, We
Graduation Year: 1982
Natural Heart Drugs and Colon Cancer
FRIDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) -- A family of naturally derived heart drugs called cardiac glycosides shows promise in fighting colon cancer, new research has found.
As part of a larger study to screen and identify natural substances that might be effective against colon cancer, Swedish researchers looked closely at several cardiac glycosides. Five of them were tested on laboratory cultures of human colon cancer cells and proved effective, to varying degrees, at killing the cancer cells.
The researchers also found that the anti-cancer activity of several of the cardiac glycosides increased when they were combined with certain chemotherapy drugs.
The results suggest that cardiac glycosides might prove effective against colon cancer when used alone or in combination with chemotherapy drugs, the scientists said. Their findings were published in the Journal of Natural Products.
The American Cancer Society estimates that about 106,000 U.S. residents will have been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about colon cancer treatment.
SOURCE: American Chemical Society, news release
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