While there’s increasing evidence to show that a strictly managed diet and nutrition plan can provide a better quality of life, the benefits have also often been highlighted by individual mesothelioma sufferers who have extended their life expectancy by claiming to have slowed down the progression of the cancer.
One area of research, which has been a source of continuing interest and appears to prevent the further growth and spread of mesothelioma cells is the control of cellular function and the suppression of specific protein ‘expression’.
Processes triggered by everyday food items
In the search for a definitive cure medical teams around the world will sometimes examine remedial processes, which appear to be triggered by certain ingredients found in everyday food items.
Researchers point to examples of natural compounds called flavanoids found in common fruits, vegetables and grains, which could also play a significant role towards influencing protein behaviour and inducing cell death in certain types of cancer cells. Specific food items include red apple skins, red onions and even tea.
Studies have found that green tea is around 100 times stronger than vitamin C as an antioxidant in fighting free radicals. The practice of juicing, which concentrates a high proportion of proteins into a glass has also been observed as helpful to many different types of cancer sufferers, including mesothelioma.
New research suggests that a compound found in red wine may help improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Suppressing mesothelioma cell proteins
Just twelve months ago, a team of Korean researchers released the world’s first study on the potential of a natural phenol – an aromatic, weakly acidic organic compound – derived from the skin of red grapes and found in red wine and grape juice, which could suppress protein cells contained in mesothelioma cells.
The original study found that at a certain dosage level, interaction appeared to suppress some of the protein cells contained in mesothelioma cells. Further experiments with lab mice over a four week period resulted in suppressing the growth of tumours while also showing an increase in cancer cell death.
Now, the same team claim that the same phenol also appears to enhance the ‘chemo-sensitivity’ of malignant mesothelioma cells.
By treating mesothelioma cells with both the natural phenol and a prescription drug often used to treat a type of acute leukaemia, it was found that levels of tumour suppressor could be influenced, which could trigger a higher rate of mesothelioma cell death.
Red wine as part of a nutritional plan?
The research results suggest that the specific phenol could eventually be incorporated into the treatment of mesothelioma, and possibly a small, regular quantity of red wine may also be considered as part of a strictly controlled mesothelioma nutritional plan.
The regular drinking of a small measure of red wine has been observed to provide cardiovascular protection, most notably in Mediterranean countries.
Following surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, the use of palliative care and careful attention to nutrition have been observed in many cases to have an influence upon extending life expectancy rates beyond the average 4 to 12 months, and in some instances, mesothelioma patients are known to have lived for a further 2 to 5 years.