shark cartilage

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A preparation of elastic tissue of shark origin which is allegedly effective in managing or preventing various cancers, an effect attributed to an unidentified anti-angiogenesis factor

shark cartilage

An alternative remedy promoted for the treatment of arthritis and cancer.
See also: cartilage

shark cartilage,

n cartilage obtained from the hammerhead and dogfish sharks, used as an anticancer, antiinflammatory, and antiangiogenic treatment. Precautions for those with liver disease.
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Antiangiogenic and antimetastatic properties of Neovastat (Ae-941) an orally active extract derived from shark cartilage.
Washington, May 27 (ANI): Shark cartilage extract, AE-941 or Neovastat, has shown no benefit as a therapeutic agent when combined with chemotherapy and radiation for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, say researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
A unique and important aspect about this shark cartilage study was that this product, Neovastat, was never sold over-the-counter, unlike other shark cartilage compounds previously studied.
Another NCI-sponsored study evaluating Neovastat (AE-941), an angiogenesis inhibitor derived from ultrafiltration of liquid dogfish shark cartilage, is ongoing.
Its experimental drug, called Neovastat, is "not like the powdered cartilage that you find in health food stores;' explains company spokesman Paul Burroughs.
Neovastat has been developed as a pharmaceutical, going through phase I and II studies, he explained.