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Compound in red wine could make cancer treatment more effective

Jonathan Marker | Science Recorder | October 11, 2013

Compound in red wine could make cancer treatment more effective

The researchers discovered that melanoma cells become more vulnerable to radiation if treated first with resveratrol.

Researchers at the University of Missouri Health System School of Medicine recently conducted a study that shows that resveratrol, a compound found in grape skins and red wine, can increase the effectiveness of radiation treatments by making cancer cells more vulnerable.  The study focused on melanoma cells, following an earlier study that demonstrated similar results in prostate cancer treatment.

The next step in the evolution is for the researchers to develop a viable delivery method to send the compound to cancer cell sites.  The hope is that the delivery method has potential applications to the treatment of many types of cancers.

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