Cancer has been regarded as one of the leading causes of mortality and has distressed people globally. There are many conventional treatments like chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, hormone therapy etc. But these treatments have many harmful side effects, which have restricted conventional treatments efficacy. Many phytochemicals found in various plants have been studied largely for their anticancer properties. Many phytochemicals present in ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines have also been determined as good anticancer drugs. Hence, there are lots of opportunities for researchers to develop potent anticancer drugs from medicinal plants available in several countries. Researchers also need to acquire knowledge on the action of phytochemicals to develop more potent anticancer drugs. The present review discussed systematically the anticancer activities of different class of phytochemical compounds.
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