Turmeric May Soon Help Destroy Treatment Resistant Cancer Cells

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| August 13 , 2017 , 21:03 IST

Bright orangish yellow in colour with a heady fragrance and unique earthy taste, Turmeric is one of the main ingredients used in our kitchens, more so due to its healing properties.

A new research is now adding another property to this antioxidant's long list of goodness. Apparently, turmeric's primary compound, curcumin, if attached to nanoparticles, can be used to knock down the treatment-resistant cancer - neuroblastoma, most common among infants.

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Researchers have assured the positive effects of the treatment.

Neuroblastoma is the type of cancer which starts in early nerve cells and generally, it forms near the kidneys, in the tissue of the adrenal glands. High-risk neuroblastoma is harder to cure and is more likely to become resistant to standard therapies.

Tamarah J Westmoreland, a paediatric surgeon at Nemours Children's Hospital in the US said, "High-risk neuroblastoma can be resistant to traditional therapy, and survival can be poor."

The cancer is associated with various effects post treatment like hearing loss, developmental delays among other disabilities. Meanwhile, Curcumin is proved to have the possible anti-cancer ability but is hard to use for medical application due to its low solubility and poor stability.

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Although, nanoparticles can be used to deliver the curcumin at the site of tumour. Professor Sudipta Seal, from University of Central Florida (UCF), US added, "More research is needed, but we are hopeful it could lead to more effective treatment of this devastating disease in the future."

Nano-therapeutic treatments overall have shown a more pronounced effect in MYCN-amplified cells, which are traditionally more resistant to drug therapies.


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