Could rare berries from Australia been the long-sought-after sure for cancer? A new study seems to suggest so.
The berries come from the blushwood tree, a plant only found in specific areas of the Atherton Tablelands in tropical north Queensland. Researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane recently created an experimental drug called EBC-46, which uses the extract of the blushwood berries to destroy cancer cells.
According to a new study, a single injection of EBC-46 directly into cancer cells destroyed the tumors long-term in more than 70 percent of cases. The drug was tested on melanoma in laboratory cells as well as on cancers of the head, neck and colon in animals — and all with the same results, a dramatic reduction in cancer cells.
Dr. Glenn Boyle, lead researcher of the study, told the Daily Mail that the response to the drug is almost immediate.
"There's a purpling of the area of the tumor itself, and you see that within five minutes. You come back the next day and the tumor is black, and come back a few days later and the tumor has fallen off."
EBC-46 has been used with much success by veterinarians in about 300 cases of cancer in companion animals including dogs, cats and horses. A drug for human use is currently under development.
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