Mon, 13 Dec 2010 11:59:46 GMT

Pomegranate juice can fight cancer

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have identified components in pomegranate juice that both inhibit the movement of cancer cells and weaken their attraction to a chemical signal that promotes the metastasis of prostate cancer to the bone. The research could lead to new therapies for preventing cancer metastasis.

Pomegranate juice can fight cancer

Performed in the lab of Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology, the research was presented on Dec 12 at the 50th annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology taking place in Philadelphia.

Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men in the United States. To date, there is no cure for it. If prostate cancer recurs after treatments of surgery and/or radiation, usually the next treatment is the suppression of the male hormone testosterone, which inhibits the growth of the cancer cells because they need this hormone to grow.

But over time, the cancer develops ways to resist hormone suppression therapies, becomes very aggressive, and metastasises to the bone marrow, lungs, and lymph nodes, usually resulting in the patient's death.

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