Sunday, April 19, 2009

A bit more on fasting before chemo

I neglected to put a citation in on the post about fasting before chemo. I can't seem to find the reference at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences website, though.

Here's a news blurb on the subject if you want to read a bit more on it. The technique may protect healthy cells more than kill cancerous ones.

The article quotes a researcher at the University of California, San Diego who cautions that not enough is known in the human population to predict if this technique would be effective. There are some cancers, he notes, that some cancers have already altered metabolic functions in normal tissue already, and fasting might not add anything to the current treatment regime.

Interesting to note, though. I wonder if any CLL researchers have an opinion on this now, or if they will take refuge in the all-purpose answer, "it's too soon to know yet."

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