wine 'can help breast cancer chemo patients'
Women who are about
to undergo chemotherapy for breast cancer
should drink a glass or two of red wine a
day, research suggests.
tests show an organic compound in the wine
called resveratrol can double the
effect of the chemotherapy drug rapamycin.
often develop resistance to rapamycin, an
immunosuppressant which can also slow the
growth of cancerous tumours, stop them or
make them smaller. Dr Charis Eng, who led
the new US study at the Cleveland Clinic,
Ohio, said: "Our findings show that resveratrol
seems to mitigate rapamycin-induced drug resistance
in breast cancers, at least in the laboratory.
these observations hold true in the clinic
setting, then enjoying a glass of red wine
or eating a bowl of boiled peanuts - which
has a higher resveratrol content than red
wine - before rapamycin treatment for cancer
might be a prudent approach."
that their lab study on human breast cancer
cell lines found that when rapamycin was used
in conjunction with resveratrol, it was twice
as effective at killing those cells than using
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