One of the great pleasures of doing worldwide reviews of the medical literature on pancreatic cancer is encountering the obscure, deep background, early and even unusual research on the topic. I think that the following study must fit into one or more of these categories !
Nishino and colleagues of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC published recent research in The Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine that looked at the administration and effects of the extract of red beets (Beta vulgaris L. – one of the main kinds that we prepare and eat) coupled with the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin on various human cancer cell lines including that of pancreatic cancer (ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas).
They found that this combination (beet plus doxorubicin) provided synergy in efficacy against the pancreatic cancer cells.
This is interesting early work that is perhaps deserving of further exploration.
Dale O’Brien, MD