Thursday, 23 August 2012
Green Tea Extract Can Cure Skin Cancer
So, the Strathclyde team devised a “targeted delivery system”, piggy-backing the extract on proteins that carry iron molecules, which cancer tumours Hoover up.
The lab test on one type of human skin cancer showed 40 per cent of tumours disappeared after a month of treatment, while an additional 30 per cent shrank. tea extract made cancer disappear,
“These are very encouraging results which we hope could pave the way for new and effective cancer treatments,” said Dr Christine Dufes, a senior lecturer at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, who led the research. Tea extract 40 skin cancer tumors,
“When we used our method, the green tea extract reduced the size of many of the tumours every day, in some cases removing them altogether.
“This research could open doors to new treatments for what is still one of the biggest killer diseases in many countries,” she added.
According to her, when the extract is administered intravenously, it goes everywhere in the body, so when it gets to the tumours it’s too diluted.
“With the targeted delivery system, it’s taken straight to the tumours without any effect on normal tissue,” she explained.
The “ultimate objective” was a clinical trial in humans – but Dr Dufes said that was some way off.