Phytochemicals offer new clues for breast cancer treatment

Extracts from plants ranging from cabbages to figs are offering new clues for prevention or improvement of breast cancer treatment. Several plant chemicals or phytochemicals are being tested for their ability to arrest the growth of breast cancer cells in animal models, according to scientists attending an international conference on cancer research in New Delhi.

The three-day conference on 'Current Advances in Radiobiology, Stem Cells and Cancer Research' (February 19-21, 2015) heard about the effects of three plant-based compounds — the root bark of Ailanthus excelsa Roxb or Indian Tree of Heaven, cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and fig (Ficus carica) — on breast cancer cells.

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