The power of Vitamin A

Sep 9, 2016 | Oncology

Researchers from Imperial College London , in the United Kingdom, suggest that vitamin A may play an important role in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

When the pancreas is healthy, there are dormant stellate cells storing supplies of vitamin A, but as adenocarcinoma progresses, these cells lose their vitamin A content.

The activated stellate cells form a connective tissue around the tumor, this tissue is used by cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body. In this study, the researchers observed that it was possible to deactivate pancreatic stellate cells, preventing the formation of tissue around the tumor, thanks to a process that involves vitamin A.