Published By : 09 Aug 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Turmeric, a common spice used in Asian and world cuisines for its numerous flavor, color, and health benefits, is being researched for its possible benefits in curing cancer. Researchers from Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, and the University of Central Florida may have invented a way to direct the benefits of turmeric to treat neuroblastoma, one of the leading causes of cancer in babies.
The new research suggests that curcumin, a component in the spice, could be of use in the treatment of neuroblastoma. Nearly 700 kids below five years of age are diagnosed with the condition in the U.S. alone every year. Advanced cases of the condition are difficult to cure and conventional methods of treatment such as chemotherapy can lead to lasting effects. High risk neuroblastoma carries a survival of nearly 40-50%, that too with intensive therapy.
Curcumin Attached to Nanoparticles Could be the Solution
The research team’s goal was to study the effect of curcumin towards shrinking neuroblastoma cells and see whether it can lead to the required effects without inducing side-effects commonly seen with treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. For the study, the researchers attached curcumin to nanoparticles of size seventy-five times thinner than a paper sheet.
It was found that the nanoparticles moved towards the cancer cells inherently. When the nanoparticles reached the cancer cells, the curcumin was dropped off in the cancer cell, destroying it. In the process, the curcumin posed minimal damage to healthy cells around the cancer cell.