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Vegetable Compound May Cure Cancer

A daily dose of broccoli, cabbage, turnips and mustard greens can keep most cancers away, but Texas researchers are also using them to cure cancer.

Research at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station has led to a patent for a new use for derivatives of DIM, or diindolylmethane, a natural compound derived from certain vegetables that prevent cancer.

"We took advantage of a natural chemical that research has shown will prevent cancer, and developed several more analogs," said Dr. Steve Safe. "One of the best parts is that this treatment appears to have minimal or no side effects, in the mice trials; it just stops tumor growth."

Safe's patent has been picked up by Plantacor, a biotech company headquartered in College Station, Texas, and is expected to enter clinical trials soon.

DIM already is commercially available as a natur! al supplement for cancer prevention.

The hope is that the patented chemicals can be developed into useful drugs for clinical trials and then be used for cancer treatment.

"It looks promising in cancer cells and animals at this time," he said. "We need future studies in humans to see if it is beneficial with people as well."

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