Grapefruit juice shows promise in som...

Grapefruit juice shows promise in some cancer treatments

There are 10 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 4, 2009, titled Grapefruit juice shows promise in some cancer treatments. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

When Albina Duggan of Bourbonnais was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer , it had spread from her liver to her spine and lymph nodes.

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BubbaRayDuddly

Aurora, IL

#2 Aug 4, 2009
My wife just had chemotherapy today to treat the ovarian cancer that has been ravaging her system for the last few months, and today she broke down about how she wishes she was well and had her hair back. There are other stories about this disease and what it has done to people and their families, both in body and mind and soul that are too numerous to mention.

So please excuse me if I tell you to take your trash garbage "science" here and shove it! Because until medical science can finally come up with a way of wiping this disease off the face of this earth, I will view any and all so-called "miracle cures" or treatments like drinking grapefruit juice with a well deserved jaundiced eye!
Vanessa McMains

Chicago, IL

#4 Aug 5, 2009
Grapefruit juice is not a "miracle drug" and will not cure cancer. Rapamycin was the cancer drug used in this trial that helped stop cancer growth, but it costs a lot and causes unwanted side-effects. The grapefruit juice helps the body absorb more of the rapamycin, so you don't have to take it as often....hence few side effects and lower costs.
The study is done by a lab that is trying to make the current cancer treatments available more efficient.

“things that make you go "hmmmm”

Since: May 08

Chicago Heights, IL

#6 Aug 5, 2009
I agree with some of the things previous posters have said. But, having agreed, perhaps it is not wise to discount this altogether. Many prescription medications have a "do not drink grapefruit juice while taking this medication" caveat.
jahyree

Elmhurst, IL

#7 Aug 5, 2009
BubbaRayDuddly wrote:
My wife just had chemotherapy today to treat the ovarian cancer that has been ravaging her system for the last few months, and today she broke down about how she wishes she was well and had her hair back. There are other stories about this disease and what it has done to people and their families, both in body and mind and soul that are too numerous to mention.
So please excuse me if I tell you to take your trash garbage "science" here and shove it! Because until medical science can finally come up with a way of wiping this disease off the face of this earth, I will view any and all so-called "miracle cures" or treatments like drinking grapefruit juice with a well deserved jaundiced eye!
Why are you making light of this story. People look for any hope possible. We pray for a cure for your wife and others but will try anything in the meantime
Joe B

Clarksville, MD

#8 Aug 5, 2009
I read this article on the internet, and have no desire to
"frantically guzzle grapefruit juice". Research aimed at augmenting overpriced medications to benefit patients should continue to be explored and the results published.
Hooper

Willowbrook, IL

#12 Aug 5, 2009
BubbaRayDuddly wrote:
My wife just had chemotherapy today to treat the ovarian cancer that has been ravaging her system for the last few months, and today she broke down about how she wishes she was well and had her hair back. There are other stories about this disease and what it has done to people and their families, both in body and mind and soul that are too numerous to mention.
So please excuse me if I tell you to take your trash garbage "science" here and shove it! Because until medical science can finally come up with a way of wiping this disease off the face of this earth, I will view any and all so-called "miracle cures" or treatments like drinking grapefruit juice with a well deserved jaundiced eye!
Maybe in the future, the Tribune can get your permission before printing any stories about cancer treatment. Sorry about your wife's illness, but your comments are nonsense.
Andreas

Mooseheart, IL

#13 Aug 5, 2009
Joe B wrote:
I read this article on the internet, and have no desire to
"frantically guzzle grapefruit juice". Research aimed at augmenting overpriced medications to benefit patients should continue to be explored and the results published.
fine, but then publish this data accurately in the lay media...maybe a headline that isn't straight off an Oprah show.
billp

Vancouver, WA

#14 Aug 5, 2009
How long will it take to debunk this one? I am glad for the woman though!
Andreas

Mooseheart, IL

#15 Aug 5, 2009
as for augmenting "overprioced medications" - the proce usually adjusts once a medication dose is adjusted. this is to make up on r&d costs as well as for profit...like any other company in any other business that has shares and shareholders. Look into the price of "Norvir" and how Abbott adjusted the price once the dose was cut down.

You think you are more informed than you are....way too much NPR.
Ree Kavok

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Aug 5, 2009
Thrilled with her treatment, Duggan said her life expectancy is "indefinite."

As indeed it is for us all.

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