According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. One of the most common forms of treatment for cervical cancer - radiation (about how to carry out a modern treatment of a gang of uterine cancer in Israel ). While radiation therapy kills cancer cells, it also kills healthy cells nearby. University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers have studied in vitro human cancer cells to show that the combination of blueberry extract with radiation may increase the efficacy of treatment.
"Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays and other particles such as gamma rays, to break up the cancer cells," said Fan Yu River, MD, Ph.D., a visiting lecturer in the MU School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "For some cancers, such as cervical cancer later stage , radiation -. A good treatment option, however, collateral damage always occurs in healthy cells we studied the blueberry extract on the basis of previous studies, to check that it can be used as radiosensitayzera.". P adiosensitayzery - drugs or other toxic chemicals that make cancer cells more sensitive to radiation therapy. In a previous study, Fang and his research group have shown that resveratrol in red grapes complex, could be used as radiosensitayzera for the treatment of prostate cancer . Blueberries also contains resveratrol. "In addition to resveratrol Blueberries also contain flavonoids," said Fang, who also has an academic appointment pathologist and senior lecturer of microbiology and immunology at the University of Des Moines Iowa. "Flavonoids - chemicals that can have antioxidant, antiinflammatory and antimicrobial properties."
Researchers used human cell lines of cervical cancer, to mimic the clinical treatment. The cell lines were divided into four groups, which included a control group, a group that received only radiation, the group that received only blueberry extract and a group that received radiation and and extract. "Our team used three different measures in order to confirm the results of the study," said Fan. "Radiation reduced the cancer cells by about 20 percent. Interestingly, a group of cells that received only blueberry extract had a 25 percent reduction in cancer. However, the biggest decline occurred in the cancer cells to radiation and the extract group with a reduction of approximately 70 percent." Fan explained that the mechanism which causes the blueberry extract p adiosensitayzer also reduces abnormal cell growth in flash? and that is cancer.
"Cancer cells avoid death, reconstructing itself," said Fan. "In addition to reducing cell proliferation, extract and 'cheats' in the death of cancer cells. Thus, it inhibits the birth and causes the death of cancer cells." Fan said that research on animals - the next step, which will confirm that his team can achieve the same results.
"Blueberries are very common and found throughout the world," said Fan. "It is readily available and inexpensive. As a natural treatment option for revaccination efficacy of existing treatments, I feel that they would be accepted with enthusiasm."