Kenyan researchers recently published a manuscript in the journal Molecules analyzing multiple chemical constituents from the roots of Aloe for their activity against breast cancer cells. Of those chemical constituents, two resulted in strong activity against specific breast cancer cells. This study may confirm Aloe’s traditional medicinal use of cytotoxicity and serve as a foundation for future medical innovations and research in breast cancer treatment. How do you think these findings will influence the oncology industry and future innovations for the treatment of breast cancer? What do you typically use Aloe roots and leaves for in your patients?
For additional information please see Molecules. http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/19/3/3264 — please use this link.
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Coffee prevents early events in tamoxifen-treated breast cancer patients and modulates hormone receptor status
A Swedish study published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control suggested that the risk of breast cancer recurring in 600 patients taking tamoxifen was reduced with coffee consumption. Researchers evaluated hormone receptor status and also found modifications related to coffee consumption. What are your thoughts about this study – would the results encourage you to recommend coffee consumption to your breast cancer patients?
For additional information please refer to Cancer Causes and Control.
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has shown that carotenoids may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Carotenoids are micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables. Data was pooled from 8 cohort studies that measured the level of carotenoids in the blood of over 3,000 women with breast cancer and nearly 4,000 women without breast cancer. Women with the highest levels of carotenoids had a lower risk of breast cancer, especially estrogen receptor negative (ER-) breast cancer which usually has a poorer prognosis. What are your favorite dietary sources of carotenoids to recommend to the patients?
A study published in the journal Stress and Health has shown that meditation and art therapy may reduce stress and anxiety in breast cancer patients. Eighteen participants were assigned to an education course or Mindfulness-based Art Therapy (MBAT) consisting of mindful yoga, awareness of breathing, awareness of emotion, and expressive art for 8 weeks. The patients enrolled in this study had been diagnosed with breast cancer 6 months- 3 years before the study and were not in active treatment. Participants completed a 90 item symptom checklist at the beginning and end of the study and underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine changes in cerebral blood flow. Patients in the MBAT group had cerebral blood flow changes in the left insula, amygdala, and hippocampus which deal with emotions and stress and experienced less stress and anxiety. How often do you recommend Mindfulness-based Art Therapy? What other recommendations do you make to your patients to decrease stress?
A research published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine looked at women who work more than two night shifts per week over several years. The participants appear to have a forty percent higher risk of developing breast cancer. The risk increases fifty percent in women who worked at least three night shifts a week for minimum of six years. A possible explanation is a disruption in the melatonin production, a hormone that protects against cancer. What recommendations do you make to your patients on how to improve their sleep and circadian rhythm?