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From a med student: cancer cells need glucose to survive. Why are ca patients not receiving metformin?
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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: They are
There are now multiple clinical trials testing metformin in cancer patients.
The mechanism for why metformin may be beneficial is not entirely clear but is currently thought to be related to inhibition of the mtor pathway.

In brief: They are
There are now multiple clinical trials testing metformin in cancer patients.
The mechanism for why metformin may be beneficial is not entirely clear but is currently thought to be related to inhibition of the mtor pathway.
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. John Weeks
fascinating; thanks for the clarification. I was just responding to the question about glucose transport
Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine
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In brief: Wouldn't help
There's no reason to think taking metformin would "starve" cancer cells of glucose.
In fact effective treatment of diabetes helps to improve delivery of glucose into the cells.

In brief: Wouldn't help
There's no reason to think taking metformin would "starve" cancer cells of glucose.
In fact effective treatment of diabetes helps to improve delivery of glucose into the cells.
Dr. John Weeks
Dr. John Weeks
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Dr. John Weeks
fascinating, but clearly a different metabolic pathway than simple effect on glucose metabolism.
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