Traditional Chinese medicine may be further explored as candidate drugs for pancreatic cancer: A review.

Affiliation

Gao Y(1), Chen S(1), Sun J(2), Su S(1), Yang D(1), Xiang L(2), Meng X(2).
Author information:
(1)College of Pharmacy, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China.
(2)Innovative Institute of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, China.

Abstract

Pancreatic cancer is a disease with a high mortality rate. Although survival rates for different types of cancers have improved in recent years, the five-year survival rate of pancreatic cancer stands at 8%. Moreover, the current first-line therapy, gemcitabine, results in low remission rates and is associated with drug resistance problems. Alternative treatments for pancreatic cancer such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy provide marginal remission and survival rates. This calls for the search of more effective drugs or treatments. Traditional Chinese medicine contains numerous bioactive ingredients some of which show activity against pancreatic cancer. In this review, we summarize the mechanisms of five types of traditional Chinese medicine monomers. In so-doing, we provide new potential drug candidates for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.