School of Health Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
chemoprevention, cancer suppression, essential oils
Biochemistry | Biology | Molecular Biology
Lillestolen, Chad Kirk, "Possible Roles for Essential Oils in Chemoprevention and Suppression of Cancer" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 966.
Cancer represents one of the costliest and most prevalent diseases to afflict the modern world, even though treatments have evolved steadily over the years and produce an increasingly positive outlook with each development and innovation. Essential oils have been used medicinally- among other purposes- for thousands of years and have begun to attract attention for possible applications to the field of oncology. Numerous investigations and publications have shed light on the possible chemopreventative (antioxidant and antimetastatic) uses of these oils, alongside cancer suppressive (apoptosis-inducing and cytotoxic) abilities that they may possess. With the high annual incidence of cancer and the ever-rising price of treatment, clinical application of essential oils may transform into a viable and effective compliment to current treatments.