Science Magazine: Special diets might boost the power of drugs to vanquish cancers

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Vicky Makker, an oncologist in New York City, is leading research on the use of diet to increase the effectiveness of a cancer drug. The drug, a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (Pl3K) inhibitor, blocks a growth-promoting pathway. Researchers are putting patients on a ketogenic diet in hopes that it will make tumors more susceptible to the drug and lower resistance. In the past, there has been suggestions that fasting diets, calorie-deficit, and removing certain dietary nutrients, such as essential amino acids, may increase the effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Read the full article by Jocelyn Kaiser of Science Magazine here.

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