Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | General Health

Herb may ward off side effect of chemotherapy

Category: General Health

The medicinal herb milk thistle may reduce the liver inflammation often caused by chemotherapy, researchers say.

A recent study, reported in the December 14 online edition of the journal Cancer, examined how the herb affected liver inflammation over a 28 day period in 50 children undergoing chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, HealthDay News reports.

Compared to a placebo group, the patients who received milk thistle had significantly lower levels of the enzymes AST and ALT, indicating a reduced impact on the liver, according Dr Kara Kelly, the study's lead researcher from Columbia University Medical Center's Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"If these results are confirmed, milk thistle may allow us to treat liver inflammation or prevent it from occurring, which will allow better delivery of chemotherapy drugs," she told the news source.

Aside from reducing a harmful side effect of the cancer treatment, the herb seemed to help the study's participants tolerate higher doses of chemotherapy as well.

A total of 61 percent of children who received milk thistle needed dose reductions, compared to 72 percent of the control group.

According to the National Cancer Institute, other side effects of chemotherapy include hair loss, fatigue, nausea and infertility.

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top