Shreveport researcher squeezing out cancer cure

It is the second most common form of skin cancer.

Now a researcher at LSU Health Shreveport has been awarded a grant to try and block the cancer.

Dr. Heather Kleiner Hancock and her research partner are studying whether two natural products can block the development of Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

The two are looking at a Vitamin A derivative known as Atra.

It’s already being used to treat skin cancer.

They’re also looking at a citrus compound found in grapefruits.

Earlier studies by other researchers found evidence that these products can block some of the ways this cancer develops in the body.

The two are trying to come up with the right dosage to limit side effects.

Their work is still in the early stages and not ready to be tested on humans.

This $344,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute will help pay for the research.

People with compromised immune systems are most at risk for Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

They include patients with H-I-V, C-O-P-D and organ transplant recipients.

Dr. Kleiner Hancock has a word of caution for patients.

Some medications don’t mix well with grapefruit juice, so always check with your doctor or pharmacist.

 

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