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Green Tea Extract Helps Fight Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

Here is another positive article about green tea and researchers at Mayo Clinic:

Green Tea Keeps Leukemia at Bay

Friday, June 11, 2010 8:40 AM
By Sylvia Booth Hubbard

EGCG, an extract of green tea, fights cancer cells in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), say researchers at Mayo Clinic. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is the major chemical component of green tea, and it reduced the number of cancer cells in patients during a phase II clinical trial.

“Although only a comparative phase III trial can determine whether EGCG can delay progression of CLL, the benefits we have seen in most CLL patients who use the chemical suggest that it has modest clinical activity and may be useful for stabilizing this form of leukemia, potentially slowing it down,” Dr. Tait Shanafelt, a Mayo Clinic hematologist and lead author of the study, said in a statement.

“These studies advance the notion that a nutraceutical like EGCG can and should be studied as cancer preventives,” Dr. Neil Kay, a hematology researcher whose laboratory first tested the green tea extract in leukemic blood cells from CLL patients, said in a statement. “Using nontoxic chemicals to push back cancer growth to delay the need for toxic therapies is a worthy goal in oncology research — particularly for forms of cancer initially managed by observation such as CLL.”

There is a lot more. Go to Green Tea Keeps Leukemia at Bay
on the Website, NewsMaxHealth.com.

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2 Comments → “Green Tea Extract Helps Fight Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)”

  1. Rebecca Weber 6 years ago   Reply

    But it is still a no-no with Velcade, right?

  2. Pat and Pattie Killingsworth 6 years ago   Reply

    Absolutely–at least during treatment cycles. Check with your doc… It may be ok the second half of a treatment month.

    Lots of supplements are an issue with those of us using blood thinners as well… You need to be a chemist or pharmacist in order to be a patient these days! Pat

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