'Anti-Cancer' Berries Discovered In Australian Rainforest

By alexa ancheta, Parent Herald December 19, 08:28 pm
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Mankind could be on the brink of discovering the cure for cancer with the discovery of berries in North Queensland's rainforests. Scientists said the molecule EBC-46 was found in the berries of the Brushwood tree which grows in the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands.

The fruit's anti-cancer properties are still being tested by Australian scientists but many are hopeful that this is the answer to one of humanity's greatest medical challenges. Scientists said the treatment was so simple and could be injected into the tumor tog et rid of the cancer.

"It's a small molecule that actually works with the body to destroy cancer, rather than being a chemotherapy approach which is acting, in many cases, against the body," said Q-Biotics CEO Victoria Gordon. "It's very simple to use ... We get full tumor destruction in five to seven days, great healing of the site and no significant side effects," she added.

Huffington Post said the EBC-46 has already been tested on animals while trials for humans are being done with up to 14 patients getting treatment so far. Among the tumors that the substance can treat are breast adenocarcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Reports show no negative effects so far on the patients being treated with the substance.

The EBC-46 according to The Sun is an experimental treatment for cancer which has proven to be successful based on the early trial stage. Part of the trial is cancer patient Denise Powell who has a tumour in her armpit and who was already advised by her surgeon to have the tumour taken out as it could endanger her arm. Powell said the treatment seemed to be working as it has turned her tumor to purple and then to black after the injection and ultimately it died.

ABC said the berry has proven to be very rapid in fighting cancer including tumors in the neck and head. Dr. Glen Boyle, from Brisbane's QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, has been studying the compound for years now. It has been used on 300 horses, dogs, cats and other animals and in 75% of these cases, Boyle said the tumor simply disappeared.

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