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Chinese herbal medicine inhibits gastric cancer metastasis


gastric cancer
gastric cancer

Introduction to gastric cancer

Gastric cancer kills about 800,000 people (7.7% of all cancer deaths) in 2020. Gastric cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer death in humans worldwide. Surgical resection is the primary treatment for early-stage Gastric cancer, and chemotherapy is the most commonly used treatment for advanced Gastric cancer. Traditional Chinese medicine has unique characteristics and advantages in the treatment of malignant tumors. A research team from China published their latest findings. A Chinese herbal compound medicine called Xiaotan Sanjie recipe (resolve phlegm and remove masses) exerted a significant inhibitory effect on gastric cancer (GC) metastasis by inhibiting the GnT-V-mediated E-cadherin glycosylation and promoting the E-cadherin accumulation at cell-cell junctions.

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Cancer, a complex and devastating disease, continues to be a global health challenge. Conventional medical treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy have made significant progress in cancer management. However, in recent years, an increasing number of individuals have turned to complementary and alternative therapies, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), to supplement their cancer treatment regimens. TCM offers a holistic approach to cancer care that focuses on restoring balance and harmony within the body. Cancer or malignant tumor is normally diagnosed as a mixture of phlegm, blood stasis, toxins, and various deficiencies. TCM should not be seen as a replacement for conventional cancer treatments. Rather, it is most effective when used in conjunction with conventional therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Research has shown that TCM can help mitigate the side effects of these treatments, improve overall quality of life, and enhance the patient's ability to withstand the rigors of cancer therapy.



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