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Berry boost shows promise as a radiosensitizer for treating cervical cancer

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Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine (MO, USA) have discovered that the addition of blueberry extract improves the success rate of radiation therapy in cervical cancer patients. Recently published in Pathology & Oncology Research, the findings of this study provide a potential treatment strategy.

“Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays and other particles such as gamma rays to destroy cancer cells,” commented Yujiang Fang (University of Missouri School of Medicine), lead author of the study. “For some cancers, such as late-stage cervical cancer, radiation is a good treatment option. However, collateral damage to healthy cells always occurs. Based on previous research, we studied blueberry extract to verify it could be used as a radiosensitizer.”

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