Reducing The Risk: Cancer-fighting Foods

Treatment for Tingling Extremities

What is the truth? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best way to protect yourself from cancerPhoto: Alamy By Rachel Halliwell This page forms part of our timeline of scientific research Often it feels as though the very thing were told is good for us one day is the enemy the next. Conflicting reports can make attempts to follow a healthy lifestyle more than a little bewildering. So, how do we know what is fact versus fad when trying to protect ourselves from diseases such as cancer? Cancer Research UK (CRUK) dedicates much of its research to and funds numerous trials looking at ways to prevent cancer developing in the first place. In some cases, this research involves looking in detail at the chemicals contained in some foods. The truth is that scientists working with cancer cells in the lab often discover molecules in foods that have protective and even curative properties. Read more..

Chemical in Curry May Cut Colon Cancer

I have tingling and numb hands and feet. Besides B6 and Neurontin (gabapentin) what kind of treatment can I try? Nothing seems to be helping at this point. A: Oxaliplatin-related neurotoxicity is extremely common. Unfortunately, at this point there is no approved medication that has proven to be beneficial in treating the neurotoxicity associated with oxaliplatin ( Eloxatin ). Some have suggested that vitamin B6 and gabapentin can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms, but this is not proven. Read more..

The condition, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP), is usually inherited. If the colon is not surgically removed, there is a 100% chance some of the polyps will develop into cancer, usually by age 40. All participants in this study had had their colons removed, but still had remnants of their intestines. Internal exams were done before the start of treatment to record the baseline number and size of polyps present. Each of the patients then received 480 milligrams of curcumin and 20 milligrams of quercetin three times a day for six months. The results showed that treatment with the curry and onion compounds reduced the average number of polyps by 60%, and decreased their size by 50%. Although study participants received the two substances together, the researchers believe curcumin was the key ingredient. Read more..