Lately in a study it has been found that mixing radiation therapy with the help of extracts from blueberry can act as boosting the treatment effectiveness of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a kind of cancer that occurs in the cervix cells that is lower part of the uterus connecting to the vagina. Researchers from the Columbian University of Missouri, United States, described that one of the familiar treatments for cervical cancer is the radiation therapy and that it not only demolish the cancer cells, but also the close healthy cells that prove to be hazard.
For some cancer disease such as late-stage cervical cancer, radiation therapy is a good treatment option. Whatever be the case, collateral damage within the healthy cells always takes place. Based on the earlier research, researchers studied Blueberry extract for verifying it to be used as a radiosensitiser. This Radiosensitisers are kind of non-toxic chemicals, which makes the cancer cells more active and responsive to the radiation therapy. Earlier the team of this University showed that the resveratrol that’s a compound within red grapes could be used as this radiosensitiser for curing prostate cancer. Likewise, blueberries also contain resveratrol.
Besides the resveratrol the blueberries also contain flavonoids. It is a chemical that may contain anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidants, antibacterial properties, was also explained by them. The team used the cell lines of human cervical cancer for mimicking the treatment. The cell lines were divided into four individual parts; a group that received only radiation, a control group, a group that particularly received blueberry extracts, and the last group that received both extract and the radiation.
The outcomes that the radiation therapy decreased the cells of cancer by almost 20%, the group receiving only blueberry extract decreased almost 25% cancer cells, and the highest decrease occurred in the radiation and extract group with almost about 70% decrease. Fang described that the mechanism, which makes the blueberry extract a radiosensitiser also helps in minimizing the abnormal explosion within the cell growth. Blueberry are inexpensive and are also readily available that can be used as medium of cancer treatment.