Health Discoveries in Lung Cancer

Antioxidant-rich green tea may lessen the effect of smoking in people who have lung cancer

January 29, 2010
During a recent lung cancer conference in Taiwan, researchers reported that green tea, which is high in antioxidants, could lessen the effect of smoking.

The research team from Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan reported that of the smokers and non-smokers within their study, those who didn't drink any green tea had more than a five-fold increased risk of lung cancer than those who drank at least one cup daily.

But among smokers, that number increased dramatically. Smokers who didn't drink any green tea had a nearly 13-fold increased risk of lung cancer, compared to those who drank at least one cup daily.

Speaking for the research team, medical student I-Hsin Lin said the group suspects that genetics may also play a role in the level of lung cancer risk found among the 170 patients with lung cancer and 340 healthy patients who participated in the study.

"Our study may represent a clue that in the case of lung cancer, smoking-induced carcinogenesis could be modulated by green tea consumption," said Lin.

A clinical trial being conducted at the the North Shore-LIJ Health System is investigating whether adding the new drug bevacizumab to chemotherapy decreases the chance of recurrence for patients who underwent surgery to remove lung tumors.ADNFCR-2730-ID-19585602-ADNFCR
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