Dr. Glen Boyle from the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute in Brisbane led the team. Dr. Boyle says the fruit could be a used for battling several surface cancers! The drug derived from the berries is EBC-46, and it was tested on animals that were deemed to have untreatable disease and were set to be euthanized.
While the results seen with the animals are exciting and promising, Dr. Boyle says the drug can only be used for tumors where it can be injected directly, not for metastatic cancer.
But, the drug does show promise when used in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery. Hopefully, the drug will be used in clinical trials with humans soon.
Imagine how awesome that would be if the drug works as well in people as it did with animals! A cure for some cancers could be very close! Share away, people!