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Fasting May Reduce The Side Effects of Chemothearpy

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:03am

A recent study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that a new treatment protocol may do away with some of the common side effects of chemotherapy, such as hair loss, nausea and fatigue.


In a study researchers examined the effects of starving mice prior to administering chemotherapy. The goal was to find out whether healthy cells reacted differently them cancer cells when deprived of glucose. Researchers wanted to find out if fasting might protect healthy cells from the effects of chemotherapy while still destroying cancer cells.


The fasting protocol did seem to have a protective effect on the healthy cells of the mice. The mice in the control group did suffer from chemotherapy treatment experiencing hair loss and lethargy. The results of this trial are promising and human trials are scheduled to start next year. A note of caution, people starting chemotherapy should not start a fasting program unless directed to do so by a physician.

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