Red wine compound resveratrol could boost prostate cancer survival
The compound resveratrol found in red wine and grapes might offer new hope for treating prostate cancer. Results of an investigation show resveratrol might help men recover from even aggressive forms of the disease.
Researchers discovered from past studies that resveratrol makes cancer tumors more susceptible to chemotherapy. University of Missouri-Columbia Scientists wanted to find out if the anti-oxidant could also make prostate cancer cells more susceptible to radiation treatment.
Michael Nicholl, an assistant professor of surgical oncology in the MU School of Medicine reports in a media release, “We found that when exposed to the compound, the tumor cells were more susceptible to radiation treatment, but that the effect was greater than just treating with both compounds separately."
It seems the combination of resveratrol and radiation therapy has a synergistic effect that increases levels of two key proteins that destroy cancer cells - perforin and granzyme B.