ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Saint Louis University researchers are studying how a common Asian vegetable can be used to treat cancer.

Pathology professor Dr. Ratna Ray says she is using a natural substance – the extract taken from bitter melon – to treat certain cancer cells in mice.

“Right now the focus they’re trying to do is like oral cancer, head, and neck cancers,” Dr. Ray said.

Ray said she is hoping to have positive results in six to nine months and then begin trying the bitter melon extract treatment in human trials. There is also hope that bitter melon extract can fight breast and prostate cancers.

Bitter melon is a vegetable and a staple of diets in India and China.


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