Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
The findings prompt the researchers to suggest that adding ‘nutraceuticals’ to chemotherapy cycles may improve the effectiveness of conventional drugs, particularly in hard to treat cancers, such as pancreatic cancer.
They base their findings on the effectiveness of extract of chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) in killing off cancer cells—a process known as apoptosis.
Chokeberry is a wild berry that grows on the eastern side of North America in wetlands and swamp areas. The berry is high in vitamins and antioxidants, including various polyphenols—compounds that are believed to mop up the harmful by-products of normal cell activity.
The researchers chose to study the impact of the extract on pancreatic cancer, because of its persistently dismal prognosis: less than 5% of patients are alive five years after their diagnosis.
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