Cancer Cell Signals Shield Tumor Cells from Chemotherapy

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 in Research

Why does cancer regrow after effective chemotherapy? Scientists at the Massachusetts of Technology find that, “cues coming from healthy cells in response to the stress of chemotherapy can protect their cancerous neighbors, allowing them (cancer cells) to persist in select refuge sites.”

That stress cue is IL-6, a cellular messenger that stimulates inflammation and activates tumor growth signals such as NF-kappa-B.  Read the full story here.

Many natural medicines effectively decrease IL-6, NF-kappa-B, and inflammation. For that reason, naturopathic oncologists often partner these natural medicines with chemotherapy to create better results.