Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers in the world. Around 90% of CRC deaths are caused by metastasis, and systemic chemotherapy is the last hope for patients with unresectable metastases of CRC. Although recent systemic chemotherapy advances have prolonged survival in patients with unresectable CRC, the effectiveness, cost, and side effects of the chemotherapeutic agents still need to improve. The use of plant-, microbial-, or fungal-derived natural products for medical benefits is playing an important role globally, such as in anti-cancer drugs and antibiotics.
Part of the book: Colorectal Cancer