Lung Cancer Metastases & Broccoli

Lung Cancer Metastases & Broccoli
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The anti-proliferative effects of cruciferous vegetable phytonutrients may decrease the metastatic potential of lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of women.

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What else can broccoli do? Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, but lung is actually the number one cancer killer of women. About 85% of women with breast cancer are still alive five years later. But lung cancer is picked up so late that the number’s reversed; 85% of lung cancer victims are dead. And 90% of those deaths are from metastases, the lung cancer spreading to other parts in the body.

Well, broccoli seems to be able to do everything else. What about suppressing the metastatic potential of human lung cancer cells? Check!

What they did to assess cancer cell migration is lay down a layer of cancer in a petri dish, and then cut a swath down the middle. Within 24 hours, the cancer was creeping back, and by 30 hours, closed the gap completely. Until they started dripping some cruciferous compounds on them. As you can see, the cancer cells seemed almost paralyzed, kind of stuck in place. They don’t seem to want to go anywhere, anytime soon.

In their conclusion, they talk about the antiproliferative, antitumor effects of these broccoli family dietary compounds, ending with a Latin phrase rarely seen in scholarly literature, since it’s just so nondescript. But in this case they evidently felt it necessary. “These compounds have inhibitory effects on several types of cancer cell growth, such as leukemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, etc.”

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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What else can broccoli do? Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, but lung is actually the number one cancer killer of women. About 85% of women with breast cancer are still alive five years later. But lung cancer is picked up so late that the number’s reversed; 85% of lung cancer victims are dead. And 90% of those deaths are from metastases, the lung cancer spreading to other parts in the body.

Well, broccoli seems to be able to do everything else. What about suppressing the metastatic potential of human lung cancer cells? Check!

What they did to assess cancer cell migration is lay down a layer of cancer in a petri dish, and then cut a swath down the middle. Within 24 hours, the cancer was creeping back, and by 30 hours, closed the gap completely. Until they started dripping some cruciferous compounds on them. As you can see, the cancer cells seemed almost paralyzed, kind of stuck in place. They don’t seem to want to go anywhere, anytime soon.

In their conclusion, they talk about the antiproliferative, antitumor effects of these broccoli family dietary compounds, ending with a Latin phrase rarely seen in scholarly literature, since it’s just so nondescript. But in this case they evidently felt it necessary. “These compounds have inhibitory effects on several types of cancer cell growth, such as leukemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, etc.”

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Images thanks to Fir0002 via Wikimedia commons, TobaccoDocuments.org, and Health Canada.

Doctor's Note

This video is the tenth in a series on the latest research on cruciferous vegetables. There were two on kale: Kale and the Immune System, and Smoking Versus Kale Juice. One on DNA protection: DNA Protection from Broccoli. Two on breast cancer: Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells, and Sulforaphane: From Broccoli to Breast. Two on upper safety limits: Liver Toxicity Due to Broccoli Juice? and How Much Broccoli Is Too Much? One on detoxing: The Best Detox, and Sometimes the Enzyme Myth Is True, on maximizing the production and absorption of sulforaphane, one of the key phytonutrients. Also, be sure to check out my other videos on greens.

Note that the paper I talk about in this video is open access—meaning you can download it for free by clicking on the link in the Sources Cited section, above.

For more context, please also check out my associated blog posts: Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. BroccoliFighting Inflammation With Food SynergyEstrogenic Chemicals in Meat; and Foods That May Block Cancer Formation.

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  1. This video is the tenth in a series on the latest research on cruciferous vegetables. There were two on kale, Kale and the Immune System and Smoking Versus Kale Juice. One on DNA protection (DNA Protection from Broccoli), two on breast cancer (Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells and Sulforaphane: From Broccoli to Breast), two on upper safety limits (Liver Toxicity Due to Broccoli Juice and How Much Broccoli Is Too Much?), one on detoxing (The Best Detox), and yesterday’s video-of-the-day, Sometimes the Enzyme Myth Is True, on maximizing the production and absorption of sulforaphane, one of the key phytonutrients. There are past videos on greens and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that the paper I talk about in this video is open access, meaning you can download it for free by clicking on the link above in the Sources Cited section.




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  2. Great video, etc. Yay broccoli! I’m showing this video to a friend of mine who smokes. If the picture of Barb Tarbox doesn’t scare him enough to quit, at least he’ll know he should adopt a plant-based diet.




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  3. Must say, I’ve been enjoying organic dino kale every day…raw, in lentil soup, toasted in oven…broccoli too is one of my favorites. But I think I need to pay more attention to the broccoli after watching Dr. Greger’s awesome videos!




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  4. Thank you for building this website – it provides a wealth of information. My mother in lawhas a lung cancer that has not yet metastasized. She also has diabetes. What are 5 things you would recommend her to eat daily that you believe would help? Also, what are your thoughts on blending for better nutrient absorbtion?




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  5. Hello Doctor. You mention alot of studies where the research takes place in a petri dish. How do we make the leap to transfer these research results to humans?




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  6. My husband died last week, lung cancer but he had metastases all over………liver, pancreas, kidneys, breast, and he only went to the Doctor well the Doctor only gave him two weeks to live, he died in one, if he knew all this stuff….




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    1. Oh Liliana, I’m so, so sorry to hear about your husband.
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      Eating a healthy diet is not a guarantee of being disease free, but it dramatically lowers one’s risk of getting the major diseases of our time. I’m sorry the information did not get to your husband in time to help.




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      1. Thank you for answering …………I am vegetarian since when I was five years old, and I believe in all the veggies, fruit, beans can make you healthier ……….but my husband loved peperoni …….sausages……..meat lover………. that’s life……….thank you thou…….I am devastated for the lost, but believe it or not, everyday I have a green juice made in the juicer not in the blender and B12 and really it helps me a lot, I am very sad but not depressed I know is for the juice and B12…….




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  7. Hey Dr G,
    Would love to send this Video to a lung cancer patient, but the picture on the front (of a dying woman) feels counter productive to inspiring her. Any way to get it without that pic?
    Dr. S




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  8. If “liquifying tends to destroy the fiber”, why does Dr. Greger seem to promote smoothies so much?? In addition, I think an argument against regular smoothies is that to be a vegetarian you need to learn to love & enjoy many, many vegetables in their nearly unprocessed state. Besides, in doing so you save money not buying all those specialty blenders.




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