The study was conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centre. It revealed that a specific compound found in broccoli could have the ability to target the stem cells of the tumor which could prevent or treat breast cancer.
The researchers tested the compound, sulforaphane, which is found in broccoli and its sprouts, in mice and cell cultures. The finding was that this compound acted in both samples by targeting and killing cancer stem cells and preventing new tumors from growing.
According to the study author, Duxin Sun, "Sulforaphane has been studied previously for its effects on cancer, but this study shows that its benefit is in inhibiting the breast cancer stem cells. THis new insight suggests the potential of sulforaphane or broccoli extract to prevent or treat cancer by targeting the critical cancer stem cells."
The results of the study will appear in May 1 issue of Clinical Cancer Research.
It is worth knowing that this research has not been tested in patients yet. So it is not recommended yet that patients add the sulforaphane to their diet. The researchers are "currently developing a method to extract and preserve sulforaphane and will be developing a clinical trial to test sulforaphane as a prevention and treatment for breast cancer. No clinical trial is currently available."
Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100503135432.htm