Is there a role for herbal medicine in the treatment of pancreatic cancer?. Highlights from the "44th ASCO Annual Meeting".

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JOP. 2008 Jul 10;9(4):403-7

Is
there a role for herbal medicine in the treatment of pancreatic
cancer?. Highlights from the "44th ASCO Annual Meeting". Chicago, IL,
USA. May 30 - June 3, 2008.

 
Saif MW.
Medical Oncology, Yale University School of Medicine. New Haven, CT, USA.

One
of the greatest challenges in the treatment of pancreatic cancer
remains its inherent lack of beneficial response to cytotoxic
chemotherapy. According to the encyclopedic knowledge on herbal
medicine regimen and clinical experience accumulated for centuries,
traditional Chinese medicine can provide new avenues for alternative
treatments of pancreatic diseases. Chinese herbal extracts have been
widely used for the treatment of various cancers, but objective
information on their efficacy in pancreatic cancer is lacking. This
article provides a summary of herbal medicine, presented at the Annual
Meeting of ASCO, 2008. The clinical applications of these active
compounds warrant further investigation in randomized, controlled
clinical trials.