2009-06-04 Green Tea Ingredient May Fight Incurable Leukemia


A chemical found in green tea may shrink lymph nodes and reduce white blood cell counts in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows.

There is no cure for CLL, and about half of patients with the disease have an aggressive, fatal form, Dr. Tait D. Shanafelt of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and colleagues explain in the report. At present, there is no therapy available that can prevent early-stage CLL from progressing.(Read entire article)

2009-05-27 Green tea extract could help to fight leukaemia


Green tea could prove to be a life-saver for leukaemia patients, new research suggests.

Patients given high doses of a green tea supplement saw significant improvements, including a 50 per cent reduction in the size of swollen lymph glands.

Researchers hope the active ingredient in green tea may increase the survival chances of leukaemia patients with an aggressive form of the disease.

In a clinical trial, patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) received eight different doses of a commercially produced green tea extract known as Polyphenon E, which contains a powerful antioxidant. (Read entire article)