There seems to be some hopeful news coming out of the Department of Pathology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont.
In January 2014 an article written by some researchers there was published online by the Cancer Prevention Research medical journal.
From the Abstract for this article, “Curcumin: A Double Hit on Malignant Mesothelioma”, we get these basic points:
- Inflammation is a key mediator in the development of malignant mesothelioma, which has a dismal prognosis and poor therapeutic strategies. Curcumin, a naturally occurring polyphenol in turmeric, has been shown to possess anticarcinogenic properties through its anti-inflammatory effects.
- In the present study, we investigate the role of curcumin in pyroptotic cell death of malignant mesothelioma cells.
- Our data indicate that curcumin has a double effect on malignant mesothelioma cells through induction of pyroptosis while subsequently protecting against inflammation.
We will watch for more news concerning this innovative approach to treating malignant mesothelioma.
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