Liver Cancer

11 April, 2022

Millions of people lose their lives every year due to cancer out of which around 7 lakh people die due to liver cancer specifically. 

Liver cancer refers to the abnormal growth of diseased cells in the liver. It is one of the most common diseases of the digestive system and has a very high rate of death.

With the innovation and improvement in each treatment method such as therapy, early detection, screening, and prevention, overall survival rates have increased and mortality rates of liver cancer have decreased. Lots of discoveries and innovations have happened in the field of immunotherapy, molecular therapy, genomics, diagnostics, and imaging. Due to this, we can notice that there have been significant improvements in the treatment results of all stages of liver cancer.

While undergoing medical treatment for liver cancer, it is important that patients also follow a few natural liver cancer treatments to prevent and beat the disease. 

Here are a few tips for the same.


Healthy Diet

Diet is one of the most important factors that play in treating cancer. When all the treatments are combined with the right diet, it shows significant improvement in liver cancer. According to studies, it has been found that high consumption of vegetables and fruits and a diet that is low in fat and high in fibre helps to reduce the overall risk of cancer.

Research also shows that natural products are helpful in the prevention and treatment of liver cancer. Some evidence shows that many natural dietary products have anticancer effects and the potential for liver cancer prevention and treatment. A few examples are edible macro-fungi, rice bran, soy, ginger, turmeric, garlic, asparagus, tomatoes, French beans, cruciferous vegetables, pomegranate, plum, black currant, and grapes.

The progression and development of liver cancer are affected by the active components present in these natural food products. It helps in enhancing and immunomodulating the effects of the chemotherapeutic drugs, protecting from liver carcinogens, and suppressing the metastasis and growth of tumour cells.


Natural Remedies

Here is a list of natural remedies to prevent and treat liver cancer:

1. Cereals

  • Corn Silk – improves the immune system and increases the survival rate
  • Pigmented Rice – promotes the cytotoxicity of vinblastine synergically
  • Rice bran – suppresses the growth of cancer cells

2. Soy – stops the growth of diseased cells in the liver 

3. Spices

  • Rosemary – reduces oxidative stress and protects against aflatoxin B1
  • Basil – suppresses DNA formation to suppress sulfotransferase inducted procarcinogenesis
  • Cinnamon – increases the production of ROS to kill apoptotic cancer cells
  • Galangal – kills mitochondria of diseased cells
  • Saffron – helps in lowering inflammatory responses, oxidative damage and tumour burden along with killing the diseased cells
  • Star Anise – reduce oxidative stress and tumour burden
  • Ginger – suppresses metastasis of liver cancer, stops the rapid increase of cancer cells, promotes apoptosis and inhibits inflammation
  • Pepper – increases apoptotic cell death, inhibits cell metastasis, prevents liver carcinogenesis, and selectively kills cancer cells
  • Turmeric – inhibits the growth of liver cancer, reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, demonstrates anti-tumour activity, and protects against HBV-related liver cancer
  • Garlic – supports functions of cells to kill cancer, inhibits preneoplastic lesions in the liver, inhibits invasion and migration of cancer cells, promotes S-phase arrest & apoptosis, and inhibits DNA damage

4. Vegetables

  • Celery – suppresses hepatocarcinogenesis cancer
  • Potato – stops the growth of abnormal cells
  • Purple perilla – inhibits tumour formation and growth of diseased cells
  • Bitter gourd – kills cancer cells and promotes anti-tumour effects of chemotherapeutic drugs
  • Mung bean sprouts – improves cell immunity, anti-tumour cytokines and apoptosis
  • Asparagus – enhances tumour destroying functions and stops the rapid increase of cancer cells
  • Tomato – destroys membranes of the cell, enhances cellular immunity, and protects against liver carcinogenesis
  • French bean – selectively kills diseased cells in the liver
  • Rutabaga – prevents the rapid growth of cancer cells and improves the destruction of diseased cells
  • Broccoli – improves liver health
  • Radish – detoxifies liver

5. Fruits

  • Mango – improves functions of the liver
  • Citrus fruit – suppresses the progress of tumour
  • Mangosteen – promotes the destruction of liver cancer cells
  • Gac fruit – promotes S phase arrest in diseased cells
  • Sea buckthorn – destroys liver cancer cells
  • Sweetsop – reduces the growth of the tumour and promotes cytotoxicity in liver
  • Apple – helps in the destruction of cancer cells
  • Pomegranate – suppresses inflammatory responses and oxidative stress for protection against hepatocarcinogenesis cancer
  • Plum – helps in liver detoxification and liver damage protection, prevents cell migration and destroys cancer cells
  • Black currant – reduces inflammation and oxidative stress, promotes apoptosis, and protects from hepatocarcinogenesis
  • Grape – reduces the chance of cancer, kills the cancer cells, and selectively promotes cytotoxicity to cancer cells

There are limited chemotherapeutic drugs to treat liver cancer that also work only on 30% of liver patients. Also, only 20% of patients are suitable for surgical cancer treatment of the liver. So, it is very important to find alternative treatment methods for liver cancer. Thus, dietary natural products are best for the prevention and treatment of liver cancer. 


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