Natural Compounds May Slow Growth Of Some Cancer Cells

Researchers are now in the midst of determining whether or not genistein, which is an organic compound found in soybean plants, may help to slow the progression of some cancer cells.

Led by scientists at Northwestern University, the study's goal is to examine what effects the genistein compound may have on prostate cancer patients.

Recently, the researchers conducted a phase II randomized experiment with 38 men who suffered from prostate cancer. The subjects were given genistein once each day for one month before they received surgery.

As a result, the scientists discovered that genistein increased the genes that help suppress the invasion of cancer cells while decreasing the genes that contributed to the progression of the harmful cells.

Raymond Bergan, M.D., one of the study's investigators, said that while this part of the research was successful, more research is needed to find if genistein can help to actually prevent prostate cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body, adding that there is hope that similar therapies may "have the same effect on the cells of other cancers."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 203,415 men will develop prostate cancer in a given year.

Easy Health Options Staff

By Easy Health Options Staff

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