Fasting plus chemotherapy shown to be more effective than chemo alone in mouse research models
Differential stress resistance is a property that is characteristic of prolonged fasting. During a prolonged fast normal cells develop a tendency to become more resilient to stress, whereas cancer cells are unable to do this as a consequence of oncogenic signaling. Mounting evidence suggests that exploiting this property may be useful towards reducing the toxicity of chemotherapeutics while also maximizing their impact in the treatment of cancer. In this clip, Dr. Valter Longo describes how this was demonstrated in a mouse model and how he believes the same process occurs in humans.
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