A natural extract
from beehives has been demonstrated to have a positive effect on the
development of prostate cancer.
Scientists at the
University of Chicago Medicine explained that caffeic acid phenethyl ester -
the resin used by bees to patch up holes in a hive - can prevent tumour cells
receiving adequate nutrients during the early stages of the disease.
Richard Jones, assistant professor in the Ben May Department for Cancer
Research and Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology and senior author of the
study, said: "After several weeks, if you stop the treatment, the tumours
will begin to grow again at their original pace.
"So it doesn't kill the cancer, but it basically will indefinitely stop
prostate cancer proliferation."
Even low concentrations, which would be the case after oral administration,
were shown to have a positive effect on the growth of cancer. Doctors suggest
it could be used alongside chemotherapies, which aim to actually kill the cells.
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Prostate cancer treatment news : 11 May 2012