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November 23, 2005

Therapeutic Role Of Melatonin In Cancer Worthy Of Study

Topics: Medical Science News

According to a new study published in the Journal of Pineal Research, researchers say that the role of melatonin for the treatment of cancer is looking compelling, and that the results are so compelling, that cancer funding agencies should be eager to support clinical trials to evaluate it's therapeutic role in a variety of cancers.

Melatonin is a hormone naturally found in humans, with an association in cancer that has been shown in many studies assessing links between shift work and cancer rates, that has shown a consistent relationship with survival. It is the chief secretory product of the pineal gland, is a direct free radical scavenger, an indirect antioxidant, and an important immunomodulatory agent.

The association between melatonin levels and cancer progression has suggested to some that melatonin may be a modifier of cancer progression.

Related: Putting cancer to sleep at night: the neuroendocrine/circadian melatonin signal.

Cross posted by Hyscience

Posted by Richard at November 23, 2005 11:26 PM

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