The researchers from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in collaboration with the Texas A and M University have discovered a cancer-fighting compound from a rich source found in vegetables, such as broccoli and brussel sprouts.
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The new compound has been found beneficial in combating Triple Negative breast cancer (TNBC). It is the most aggressive form of breast cancer that grows and metastases at a rapid rate. Even mammography isn’t considered suitable to detect this breast cancer form.
The panel of the researchers has analysed how the compound: diindolylmethane (DIM), which is found in several cruciferous veggies, functions. The derivatives of DIM were found to have extraordinary anti-cancer properties that can curb TNBC.
Sachdeva, an Indian origin researcher of the study said that the derivatives of DIM can be an effective remedy for TNBC and are safer than the conventional treatments, such as infusion available for TNBC. Unlike anti-cancer drugs given to the patients, the derivatives are orally active, thus can be prescribed in the form of pills. Moreover, when combined with the existing anti-cancer medications, DIM compounds may improve the quality of the cancer treatment.
The findings of the study were presented in American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) annual meeting and exposition of 2012.
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