The University of Chicago Medicine researchers have been claiming after a study conducted recently by them that the patients of cancer should go for a blend of treating drugs and grapefruit juice, rather than settling on high drug dose.
It is being said that the effects of a low dose of drugs and the juice is exactly equal to those provided by high doses of drugs alone. In fact, more than three times of an anti-cancer drug is in some way or the other responsible for side-effects seen in patients.
The assertions are coming on evidence from the study that enrolled cancer patients. It was found that eight ounces of grapefruit juice a day helped them slow down their body's metabolism of sirolimus. Sirolimus is a drug amongst mTOR inhibitors recommended for transplant patients; however, it has been seen as equally effective in case of cancer too.
Researchers are also promising that the new combo would give benefits while ensuring no side-effects. Also, spending on medication would reduce considerably. "Grapefruit juice, and drugs with a similar mechanism, can significantly increase blood levels of many drugs but this has long been considered an overdose hazard", cancer specialist and MD Ezra Cohen said.
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