Melatonin helps chemotherapy work, increases survival and reduces side-effects

Melatonin helps chemotherapy work, increases survival and reduces side-effects

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy effectiveness is improved significantly by melatonin. 

In a meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical studies published in 2012, (Wang Y et al, Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology), oral melatonin supplementation of 20 mg daily almost doubled complete and partial remission figures and one year survival rates when used with chemotherapy, and it ‘dramatically’ decreased side-effects when used with radiotherapy. 

This data was reflected across different cancer types, all represented as solid tumours, and there were no adverse reactions to the melatonin recorded.

In a Memorial Sloan Kettering review on melatonin plus chemotherapy research, they state that there is a

     • 40% greater one year survival
     • 93% greater chance of having a complete response (no tumour identified)
     • 253% greater chance of having a partial response
     • 15% chance of having stable disease after the combined therapy
     • Significantly reduced weakness, fatigue, sickness and lowering of white cell count.

New clinical trials are now progressing.

It should be noted that in the UK, melatonin has to be prescribed by your Doctor who will only know it as a sleeping aid.

Chris Woollams, former Oxford University Biochemist and a founder of CANCERactive added, "Melatonin is the largest antioxidant we make ourselves in our bodies. It is also very anti-inflammatory. Add those two together and you understand why sleep is so healing. It regulates estrogen and growth hormone in our bodies. It has about 5 different actions against cancer. If you send a shot to your gut bacteria, they will know it is night time and they will go to sleep too - they have circadian rhythms. They will make about 400 times the melatonin you make. So don’t eat late at night. Help them get to sleep!"

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