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Fish Oil/Cholesterol Mixture Shows Promise As Cancer Treatment

February 23, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers have determined in an animal study that a nanoparticle combination of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil shows potent anti-cancer activity. The mixture was injected into the artery leading to the liver, where it preferentially killed primary liver cancer cells without harming healthy cells. The scientists, who were not sure whether all of the cancer cells were destroyed, nevertheless said that the technique may someday provide a therapy for improving the chances of cancer survival. Further preclinical research is needed, they said.
Xiaodong Wen et al., "Hepatic Arterial Infusion of Low-Density Lipoprotein Docosahexaenoic Acid Nanoparticles Selectively Disrupts Redox Balance in Hepatoma Cells and Reduces Growth of Orthotopic Liver Tumors in Rats. ", Gastroenterology, February 23, 2016, © AGA Institute
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