But as a non-doctor (but one who has enough of s science back ground to understand this article) it is unclear to me how I can get a copy of this article. Or if there is reliable information about this topic available from MDA or elsewhere.
Specifically I am interested in what cell-signaling pathways are targeted by specific foods. This would allow me to determine what foods would be best for the type of cancer my mother has.
A: We are certainly glad that you are doing some research on cancer prevention. As you may already know, heatlhy diet alone may reduce cancer risk by as much as 1/3! You have probably already visited the web site for our M.D. Anderson Cancer Prevention Center (http://www.mdanderson.org/care_centers/ccprevention/index.cfm); but I would also point you to the web sites for the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), American Institute for Cancer Research (www.aicr.org) and the National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov). All of these are excellent resources for diet and other lifestyle measures to reduce risk for cancer.
In relation to the growing body of evidence for use of Turmeric as a protective agent against cancer, you can perform a search on any of the major search engines (e.g., Google Scholar, PubMed, etc.) by typing in the complete title of the article you listed above. The full text of the 2006 article is available for free at a number of web sites. More study is needed to confirm safety and effectiveness of turmeric/curcumin in dietary supplement form, but we would certainly advocate frequent use of Turmeric as a cooking spice, in addition to a variety of other herbs spices that have cancer-protective properties. Since you mentioned that your mother is a patient here at M.D. Anderson, she may be interested in obtaining a consultation in our Integrative Medicine Clinic, where the physician, dietitian (myself) and other team members can provide specific information regarding which foods/nutrients may be of particular benefit for your mother's cancer.