Williams Cancer Institute

Intratumoral Bee Venom for Cancer

There is some research exploring the potential of melittin, a component of bee venom, as a treatment for cancer when injected directly into tumors, a technique called intratumoral injection.

In laboratory studies, melittin has been shown to induce cancer cell death and inhibit the growth of various types of cancer cells, including breast, prostate, and bladder cancer cells. Some studies have also found that intratumoral injection of melittin can help to shrink tumors in animal models of cancer.

There have also been some early-phase clinical trials evaluating the safety and effectiveness of melittin injections in human cancer patients. One such trial, for example, found that intratumoral injection of melittin in patients with advanced solid tumors was well-tolerated and resulted in some tumor shrinkage.

However, it’s important to note that these are still early-stage studies, and more research is needed to determine the safety and effectiveness of melittin injections as a cancer treatment in humans. It’s also important to remember that bee venom can be dangerous and can cause allergic reactions in some people, so this approach should only be pursued under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider.

Reference: Cho, S.-H. (1 de September de 2018). Intratumoral Bee Venom for Cancer. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 901-908. doi:10.1177/1534735418790138

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