Natural Products as Adjunctive Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer: Recent Trends and Advancements

Biomed Res Int. 2017;2017:8412508. doi: 10.1155/2017/8412508. Epub 2017 Jan 23.

Abstract

Pancreatic cancer is a type of common malignant tumors with high occurrence in the world. Most patients presented in clinic had pancreatic cancer at advanced stages. Furthermore, chemotherapy or radiotherapy had very limited success in treating pancreatic cancer. Complementary and alternative medicines, such as natural products/herbal medicines, represent exciting adjunctive therapies. In this review, we summarize the recent advances of using natural products/herbal medicines, such as Chinese herbal medicine, in combination with conventional chemotherapeutic agents to treat pancreatic cancer in preclinical and clinical trials.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Biological Products / therapeutic use*
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Deoxycytidine / analogs & derivatives
  • Deoxycytidine / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / drug therapy*

Substances

  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Biological Products
  • Deoxycytidine
  • gemcitabine