Supplement: metformin kills cancer stem cells

Metformin plant Galega Officinalis

Galega officinalis – source of Metformin
photo credit: wikipedia

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Updated 19 Jan 2014 with additional links to metformin and chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and dosage recommendations

Metformin is a drug that is usually used to control sugar level in people with Type 2 diabetes.

Tests have also shown that it may also be effective in reducing cancer risk, improving the survival of people with cancer, and inducing cancer cell death.

Metformin has been shown to selectively target and kill some lines of breast cancer stem cells.  As stem cells are usually resistant to chemotherapy, metformin is another tool you want to have in your kit.

It is speculated that metformin works by blocking a metabolic stress response that stimulates the inflammatory pathway associated with a wide variety of cancers. Continue reading

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