Soybeans Boosts Radiation’s Ability to Kill Cancer Cells

Wayne State University and Detroit’s Karmanos Cancer has conducted a study  showing that a component in soybeans can increase radiation’s ability to destroy lung cancer cells. Called soy isoflavones, this component also protects the healthy lung tissues from the effects of  radiation. Professor Gilda Hillman of Wayne State University said: “These natural soy isoflavones can sensitize cancer cells to the effects of radiotherapy, by inhibiting survival mechanisms which cancer cells activate to protect themselves.” The results of this study were reported in the April 2011 issue of Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

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