The treatment of human cancer with agents prepared from bovine cartilage

J Biol Response Mod. 1985 Dec;4(6):551-84.


Oral and subcutaneous administration of specific preparations of bovine tracheal cartilage rings (Catrix), a nontoxic agent, has resulted in a high response rate in 31 cases of a variety of clinical malignancies (response rate 90%, 61% complete). The demonstrated responder include present therapeutic disasters such as glioblastoma multiforme and cancers of the pancreas and lung. Other types which were treated with success included cancers of the ovary, rectum, prostate, cervix, thyroid, and an inoperable squamous cancer of the nose. These responses were observed when full dose therapy was given over prolonged courses of treatment (years). This wide range of Catrix efficacy now invites investigation by others to confirm the effectiveness of the material and to isolate the molecular entities responsible for these unexpectedly favorable results.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antineoplastic Agents*
  • Cartilage / analysis
  • Drug Evaluation
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Lymphocyte Activation / drug effects
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mitogens / pharmacology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Skin Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Tissue Extracts / administration & dosage
  • Tissue Extracts / isolation & purification
  • Tissue Extracts / therapeutic use*


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Mitogens
  • Tissue Extracts
  • bovine cartilage extract