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Compounds in Soy Can Aid in Lung Cancer Radiation Therapy

One of the biggest side effects of Lung Cancer radiation treatment is that along with the cancerous cells, the healthy cells can also get killed.

Researchers are always in the look out of natural substances which can reduce this undesirable but unavoidable aspect of cancer remedy.

Now, experts from the Department of Radiation Oncology at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit report that they have discovered a natural substance in soy known as the soy isoflavones which can help the energy waves in killing the malignant cells while safeguarding the healthy ones.

The compound is found to stop the protection mechanism which the rogue cells develop against cancer treatments. As a result, these cells become sensitive to the potent radiations. The compounds also have anti-oxidant properties as a result of which the normal cells survive the brunt of the radiation therapy.

Results of this study are published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, April 2011.

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