Modern approach to metabolic rehabilitation of cancer patients: biguanides (phenformin and metformin) and beyond
Author: Berstein, Lev M
Source: Future Oncology, 1 August 2010, vol. 6, no. 8, pp. 1313-1323(11)
Abstract:Comparing the experience accumulated for more than 40 years in the Laboratory of Endocrinology of Petrov Institute of Oncology (St Petersburg, Russia) with similar approaches practiced elsewhere, evidence supports the reasonability of metabolic rehabilitation of patients suffering from breast cancer or other hormone-dependent malignancies. The primary objective of such approaches is to improve treatment results by ameliorating hormonal–metabolic disturbances, including excess body fat, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance and manifestations of endocrine–genotoxic switchings, and modify tissue and cellular targets or mechanisms related or nondirectly related to the aforementioned disturbances. The relevant measures may be categorized as pharmacological (antidiabetic biguanides exemplified with metformin being most popular but not exclusive) and nonpharmacological (rational nutrition, moderate physical activity and so forth) and used separately or in different combinations.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: N.N.Petrov Research Institute of Oncology, Pesochny-2, Leningradskaja 68, St Petersburg 197758, Russia., Email: email@example.com
Publication date: August 1, 2010