Blueberries Boost Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer

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Blueberries Boost Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer

Blueberries could make cervical cancer treatment more effective.

Combining blueberry extract with radiation to treat cervical cancer significantly boosts the treatment’s effectiveness, according to a study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Radiation is one of the most common treatments for cervical cancer, and while it destroys cancerous cells, it also destroys nearby healthy ones.

“Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays and other particles such as gamma rays to destroy cancer cells,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Yujiang Fang.

“For some cancers, such as late-stage cervical cancer, radiation is a good treatment option. However, collateral damage to healthy cells always occurs. Based on previous research, we studied blueberry extract to verify whether it could be used as a radiosensitizer.”

Radiosensitizers are non-toxic chemicals that make cancer cells more responsive to radiation therapy. In an earlier study, Fang and his research team showed that resveratrol, a compound in red grapes, could be used as a radiosensitizer for treating prostate cancer. Blueberries also contain resveratrol.

“In addition to resveratrol, blueberries also contain flavonoids,” said Fang. “Flavonoids are chemicals that may have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.”

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