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Can fasting improve radiation therapy outcomes?

A study found controlled short-term fasting in mice improved the effectiveness of radiation therapy.

An earlier study had found that fasting helped chemotherapy outcomes. Can one see a similar benefit in radiation therapy, too?

Read on this website: Can fasting improve chemotherapy outcomes?

New Study

A new study found that controlled short-term fasting in mice improved the effectiveness of radiation therapy. It extended the life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumours.

Fasting was for less than 48 hours in each cycle.


Glioma is a very aggressive brain cancer, with a median survival duration of fewer than 2 years.

More than twice as many mice survived at the end of the trial period when fasting and radiotherapy were combined than those who received radiotherapy alone or did only fasting.

In Conclusion

Fasting may improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancers and increase life span.

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First published on: 14th September 2012
Image credit: cristhianelouback0 on Pixabay
Last updated on: 21st June 2022


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