I'm doing a project on the prevention of leukemia and upon researching on the metabolism of benzene in the liver (since high levels of benzene can lead to leukemia), I thought of a question that was puzzling to me:

Is there a drug that can encapsulate benzene in the liver until the benzene is released through urination or defecation(pooping)?



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    $\begingroup$ Most drugs can't break apart benzene. It's incredibly stable. $\endgroup$ – Melanie Shebel Jul 27 '17 at 18:57
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    $\begingroup$ Well, it is actually its epoxide which causes cancer. If benzene was to be so dramatically stable it will induce less harm. $\endgroup$ – Alchimista Jul 27 '17 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Alchimista I'm pretty sure you don't need a drug to convert benzene into an epoxide. There's enough biochemicals in the body that can do that. $\endgroup$ – Pritt Balagopal Jul 28 '17 at 15:59
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    $\begingroup$ @Pritt Balagopal. Yeah, that is why! :) I just said that benzene is archetypal for its special stability, not for being almost a noble compound (see comment by Melanie). By the way, the OP would like to isolate benzene from the body, not destroying it :) $\endgroup$ – Alchimista Jul 28 '17 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ The OP is seeking a sort of benzene sequestration, though wasn't that clear. $\endgroup$ – Alchimista Jul 28 '17 at 16:05