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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fish Oil may Boost Action of Tamoxifen in Cancer Breast

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 7:20 PM Comments

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Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, with more than 200,000 women diagnosed each year.
Sustained effect of female hormone estrogen plays a role in the development and growth of cancer breast in case of estrogen positive cancers. Tamoxifen is the drug that blocks the effect of estrogen, widely prescribed after surgery and chemotherapy; and seen to be helpful; and may be continued for 5 years.
Now, researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have found that omega-3 fatty acids; abundant in fish; can boost the action of tamoxifen therapy. They have seen that combination of fish oil and tamoxifen reduced the expression of genes linked to tumor growth and spreading in animal experiment.
More research in the field is needed to conclusively prove the beneficial effect in human.
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