Australian scientists are trialling the cancer-fighting properties in fruit from rainforest trees in Far North Queensland.
EBC-46 is a molecule found in the berries of the rainforest tree blushwood (fontainea picrosperma), which grows on the Atherton Tablelands.
“It’s a small molecule which works with the body to destroy cancer, rather than being a chemo-therapy approach which can act against the body,” Dr Victoria Gordon, CEO of Q-Biotics, told TODAY.
She explained the innovative treatment worked by injecting the molecule into the tumour site.
“We get full tumour destruction in five to seven days, great healing… and no significant side effects”.
The effects EBC-46 has been trialled with animals, including Dr Gordon’s 18-year-old pet dog who had an oral melanoma.
“We injected the drug (EBC-46) and it just seemed to liquefy (the tumour),” she said.
Early stages of human trials are underway, with 14 patients treated so far.
“We’ve had no significant side effects and good results in six tumour types”.
Dr Gordon emphasised there is still a “a long, hard road ahead” before a pharmaceutical can be developed from the drug.
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