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Whoops! Study Accidentally Finds Chemotherapy Makes Cancer Far Worse
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 8921201:MV8yMDUyOTY2XzM0NTA1Njc1Xzg3NzAxRUM3] It seems a chinese plant, known as the ‘thunder god vine’ or lei gong teng can help fight tumours. A little-known plant with a truly bizarre name is now making headlines as a cancer killer, with the compound of the plant vanishing tumors in mice with pancreatic cancer. Known as the ‘thunder god vine’ or lei gong teng, the Chinese plant is actually integrated into Chinese medicine and has been used for ages in remedying a number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis. According to the new research out of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, the thunder god plant compound led to no signs of tumors after a 40 day period — even after discontinuing the treatment. Published in the journal Science Translational Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, even the scientists working on the project were stunned by the anti-cancer properties of the compound. Known to contain something known as triptolide, which has been identified as a cancer fighter in previous research, it is thought to be the key component that may be responsible for the anti-tumor capabilities. Study leader and vice chairman of research at the Cancer Center explained to Bloomberg how he was blown away by the effects of the simple plant: “This drug is just unbelievably potent in killing tumor cells,” he said. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/10/18/chinese-plant-compound-wipes-out-cancer-in-40-days-says-new-research/ [/quote]
A team of researchers looking into why cancer cells are so resilient accidentally stumbled upon a far more important discovery. While conducting their research, the team discovered that chemotherapy actually heavily damages healthy cells and subsequently triggers them to release a protein that sustains and fuels tumor growth. Beyond that, it even makes the tumor highly resistant to future treatment.
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