Compound in curry to improve bowel cancer treatment?

8 May 2012

Compounds found in a curry dish could also be used to enhance bowel cancer treatment, new research has suggested.

Researchers at the Cancer Research UK and Leicester's National Institute for Health Research Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) believe that curcumin may represent a medical breakthrough when it comes to battling the life-threatening disease.

The scientists will look into whether tablets containing the compound – which is commonly found in the spice turmeric – could help thwart the spreading of bowel cancer.

Professor William Steward, a chief investigator of the study and ECMC director at the University of Leicester, commented: "The prospect that curcumin might increase the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapy is exciting because it could mean giving lower doses, so patients have fewer side effects and can keep having treatment for longer."

Hope Against Cancer, The Royal College of Surgeons and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation are all providing funding to aid the research.

Bowel cancer is a disease which can affect both men and women, with most cases being recorded in people over the age of 50 years old, according to Bowel Cancer UK.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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