Natural Substance Noscapine Found Effective Against Advanced Prostate Cancer

Dec 30, 2008 by

Natural Substance Noscapine Found Effective Against Advanced Prostate Cancer

Spurred on by the results of the new study, Dr. Barken is urging academic institutions to advance this successful laboratory research with a clinical trial in men with advanced prostate cancer. Moreover, in an effort to greatly reduce the cost of this type of human trial while also reducing the time needed to complete the study, Dr. Barken has invented a web-based patient tracking system. The system would allow physicians in other countries to easily enroll patients in the research project.

So why isn’t a human trial under way right now for this promising possible cancer cure? One word: money. Because noscapine is a natural plant-derived substance, Big Pharma can’t patent it. In their statement to the press, the researchers explained how that fact has limited clinical trials of the potential cancer therapy. Drug companies obviously have no reason to pour out the funds needed to underwrite expensive clinical trials for a substance they can’t own outright and sell for large profits.

That’s bad news for men with prostate cancer — the most common cancer among men in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 186,320 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2008, one man in six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, and 28,660 will die from it. Although slow-growing in most men, prostate cancer is considered advanced when it spreads beyond the prostate gland and, at that point, there’s no known cure. Currently, treatments such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, are used to slow the progression of advanced prostate cancer. Side effects from these conventional treatments can include exhaustion, impotence, incontinence, lack of appetite, easily broken bones, anemia, hair loss, nausea and diarrhea. According to the laboratory study reported in Anticancer Research , however, no toxic side effects at all were noted with noscapine.


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