Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts Effective in Treating Aggressive Breast Cancer

Researchers are confident in a new vegetable compound and its effects on triple-negative breast cancer, which disproportionately affects Black women.

Posted: 10/18/2012 04:42 PM EDT

Researchers from Florida A&M University and Texas A&M University have discovered that vegetable compounds in broccoli and brussels sprouts are effective in treating triple-negative breast cancer, which disproportionately affects African-American women. The Huffington Post reports:

According to findings being presented at the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition, a new compound created from a rich source in vegetables, including broccoli and brussels sprouts, has been developed to combat triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), the particularly aggressive form of the disease that disproportionately affects Black women.

TNBC is found in about 15 out of every 100 cases and is more likely to occur in Hispanics and African-Americans, research shows.

"Targeted treatment options for TNBC are limited," said Sachdeva, adding that current treatments, such as infusions, tend to result in poor patient compliance and increased toxicity. "We are confident that the compounds we are currently working with are an effective treatment for triple-negative breast cancer," Sachdeva said.


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