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March 15, 2013
Pancreatic cancer or pancreatic carcinoma is known as one of the most terrible and deadly types of cancer. According to the estimations, the five-year survival rate among those who are diagnosed with this terrible type of cancer is not higher than 6 per cent. The most distressful fact about pancreatic cancer is its progressing without any symptom, thus it is usually diagnosed only at the latest stages. That is the reason why there is no known pancreatic cancer cure, and the most effective treatment for pancreatic cancer discovered at least at the middle stages includes only surgical removal of carcinoma. The risk factors for pancreatic cancer embrace aging, smoking, suffering from type 2 diabetes and chronic pancreatitis. Also, it is supposed that this type of cancer is a little more common in women rather than in man. Besides, some small role can be played by such risk factor as genetics.
There is hardly a solution for this very serious health condition which every year affects and takes lives of quite a large number of people on a global scale. That is why pancreatic cancer awareness and prevention are among the primary and very important concerns of modern public health care around the world. Undoubtedly, a great number of studies and scientific researches are being carried out in order to find out at least a clue for possible treatment for pancreatic cancer, and give a hope to thousands of patients diagnosed with this terrible disease. Fortunately, some scientific groups are lucky to achieve positive results and bring out some important findings. Like the ones of a research team at the University of Colorado which were published these days in the journal Carcinogenesis and reported by many popular online media. American scientists discovered that the fruits of Momordica charantia known as bitter melon, bitter squash or karela can assist in pancreatic cancer cells shrinking, thus giving a great potential for becoming possible natural cure.
American scientists that their experiments with the juice of bitter melon ended up with witnessing the fact that pancreatic cancer cells stopped being active and eventually got destroyed. After looking closely at what was going on there, the researchers came to a conclusion that applying bitter melon juice, this new potential treatment for pancreatic cancer, destroys the ability of pancreatic cells to metabolize glucose. This way, cancerous cells lose their energy and depriving their life source, that eventually leads to cell destruction. As the scientists could observe, in the laboratory conditions pancreatic cancer cells treated by bitter melon juice failed to find alternative energy source thus most of those were destroyed. Further experiments on lab mice have demonstrated that exposure to this natural remedy caused up to 60 per cent decline in pancreatic cells abilities to maintain their function of growth, this way substantially decreasing their chances for survival and especially further development. The results achieved by these American scientists are considered striking and almost revolutionary in the whole cancer research world.
Dr. Rajesh Agarwal, one of the leaders of the research, professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (University of Colorado), commented on the findings of his scientific team as the following: “Many researchers are engineering new drugs to target cancer cells’ ability to supply themselves with energy, and here we have a naturally-occurring compound that may do just that.” It is true that it is not the first time when the mentioned effects of depriving pancreatic cancer cells of energy and killing them are observed. Previously, a group of researchers studied the effects of bitter melon on breast cancer cells. However, this study resulted in learning more about the mechanisms behind the phenomena, making it much clearer how would bitter melon extract work as a potential pancreatic cancer cure. The experts underline that using such kind of natural treatment for pancreatic cancer is very advantageous compared to the known approaches like chemotherapy or surgery. Go to here to learn more about the findings of Colorado University scientists.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.