Resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine, has been making headlines for quite some time now, for all the right reasons. Often referred to as "fountain of youth", Resveratrol is said to have a number of health benefits such as anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and cancer preventive properties. Now, add one more to the list - Resveratrol can make certain tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment.
A recent study conducted by Michael Nicholl of the University of Missouri has found that melanoma cells become more susceptible to radiation if they were treated first with Resveratrol.
According to the study, when the cancer was treated with resveratrol alone, 44 percent of the tumor cells were killed. When treated with a combination of both Resveratrol and radiation, 65 percent of the tumor cells died.
Since there is difficulty in delivering adequate amounts of Resveratrol to melanoma tumors, the compound is probably not an effective treatment for advanced melanoma at this time. But if we can develop a successful way to deliver the compound to tumor sites, Resveratrol could potentially be used to treat many types of cancers, says Nicholl.
The study was published in the Journal of Surgical Research, the journal for the Association for Academic Surgery.
by RTT Staff Writer
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