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Green tea extract has shown promise as cancer prevention agent for oral cancer in patients with a pre-malignant condition known as oral leukoplakia
Diagnoses such as leukoplakia, barrett’s esophagus, colon polyps, DCIS, actinic keratosis, MGUS, etc. are pre-cancers but are not cancer.
These diagnoses can increase your risk for cancer. The challenge then, is to reduce your risk of cancer without increasing your risk of side effects aka adverse events.
The article below explains that green tea extract caused 58.8% of leukoplakia patients to have a “clinical response” whereas only 18.2% in the placebo arm. Further, curcumin also kills leukoplakia as well as many other cancers.
The challenge with a diagnosis of pre-cancer is that conventional oncology is in the businss of treating cancer not pre-cancer. Meaning, many patients diagnosed with different forms of pre-cancer such as leukoplakia come to me and tell me that they don’t want to simply wait to see if their pre-cancer become malignant. They was to take action. Assuming that action isn’t too expensive or toxic.
The point of this post is not that there is a potential treatment for leukoplakia. The point of this post is that there are non-toxic therapies for leukoplakia.
To Learn More About Leukoplakia- see the posts linked below-
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“Leukoplakia generally refers to a firmly attached white patch on a mucous membrane which is associated with an increased risk of cancer. The edges of the lesion are typically abrupt and the lesion changes with time. Advanced forms may develop red patches. There are generally no other symptoms. It usually occurs within the mouth, although sometimes mucosa in other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, or genitals may be affected.…”
“Green tea extract has shown promise as cancer prevention agent for oral cancer in patients with a pre-malignant condition known as oral leukoplakia, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center…
Long investigated in laboratory, epidemiological and clinical settings for several cancer types, green tea is rich in polyphenols, which have been known to inhibit carcinogenesis in preclinical models. Still, clinical results have been mixed…
In the Phase II dose-finding study, 41 M. D. Anderson oral leukoplakia patients were randomized between August 2002 and March 2008 to receive either green tea extract or placebo. Participants took the extract, an oral agent, for three months at one of three doses – 500 per meter squared of body mass (mg/m2); 750 mg/m2 or 1,000 mg/m2 – three times daily. To best assess biomarkers, participants also underwent a baseline and 12-week biopsy, an important component in the design of the study, the researchers say.
Collecting oral tissue biopsies was essential in that it allowed us to learn that not only did the green tea extract appear to have benefit for some patients, but we pointed to anti-angiogenic effects as a potential mechanism of action,..”
Of those taking green tea at the two highest doses, 58.8 percent had a clinical response, compared with 36.4 percent in the lowest extract dose and 18.2 percent in the placebo arm…”
Conclusions: It was observed that out of 22 subjects educated and given preventative medication showed significant improvement. Four subjects showed complete recovery who stopped chewing the tobacco while others showed variations in recovery period. While to prove curative property of curcumin further more studies need to be carried to understand the mode of action.”