CHEMICAL ASPECTS AND ROLE OF PHYTOMEDICINES AS POTENT ANTI-CANCER DRUGS
Cancer is one of the fatal diseases which results in millions of deaths every year. Annual mortality rate tremendously increased with the increase in cancer worldwide. Several anti-cancer drugs have been synthesized but they are very expensive. Also, the number of these drugs is not satisfactorily meeting the time requirements. Furthermore, the synthesis of these drugs in laboratory is an expensive and laborious process, therefore, there is a need to extract these drugs from medicinal plants.
Phytochemicals or naturally occurring plant compounds are important sources for new medications and are also used to treat cancer. This review focuses on the families of some plants with chemicals that can inhibit cancers at different stages. These chemicals might be used as potent anti-cancer drugs because of their ability to prevent tumours.