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Unread 01-15-2003, 06:10 PM
Get enough zinc! (a study and a theory)

So I bumped into an account of a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine that said that women with advanced ovarian cancer who had T-cells (an immune response) in their cancer cells had a much higher rate of survival (and they're finding that this is true of other kinds of cancers too).

So I went looking for something ordinary that might help boost T-cell function and found that getting an adequate amount of zinc (you can get too much of it) really helps (Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, November 1998, volume 188, pp 63-69).

Zinc also helps with the healing of wounds. Of course check with your doctor if you're having chemo, but you could at least eat things with zinc in them. There's more about zinc in a thing I grabbed once from a nurses' continuing education site (that since has vanished, I think). Foods where you can find it etc.

The study of course is about using it as a prognostic marker. I'm jumping the gun a bit, but I think this is in the can't hurt category. And I always like to think I can do something to help myself.

There's a study going on now to see whether weight-lifting helps increase T-cell function with cancer. So that's antoher thing to try. They don't design trials unless there's some reason they think it will work. Even a little bit helps.

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Unread 01-15-2003, 08:25 PM
Get enough zinc! (a study and a theory)

This is so interesting. What is the appropriate amount of zinc to take. I think I am getting it in my multi but I am wondering if it is enough. Chris
Unread 01-15-2003, 08:26 PM
Get enough zinc! (a study and a theory)

s Trish

Here is a link to the study you mentioned:

This is just fascinating. Zinc, huh? I'm ready to go get some.
I am attending the annual conference of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists- Survivors in New Orleans the end of January. I hope this study is mentioned in some way. I wonder if introducing more zinc to our bodies can get it to any cancer cells? Weight trainging sounds good too.
Thanks for the headsup!!!!


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