Focus on "anti-cancer", anti-inflammatory drugs

October 3, 2011

USA Today

Understanding the tumor environment could help doctors develop better ways to prevent and treat cancer, experts say.

For example, researchers are investigating the benefits of "anti-cancer" diets that may help regulate both inflammation and new blood vessel growth, says William Li, president of the Boston-based Angiogenesis Foundation, which funds cancer research.

Examples of such "anti-inflammatory" diets include those common in Asia and Mediterranean countries with lots of fatty fish, soy, green leafy vegetables, whole grains and even green tea, Li says.

"There are things we can do as individuals that don't involve doctors and that may influence the microenvironment," she says.

Doctors also are studying drugs that may reduce inflammation. For example, researchers have studied non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as aspirin, as a way to reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer, Li says... Read More