HEALTH

'Anti-Cancer' Berries Discovered In Australian Rainforest

A clinical trial is underway.

18/12/2016 12:11 PM AEDT | Updated 18/12/2016 12:32 PM AEDT
Borut Furlan
Berries from Queensland rainforests could help treat cancerous tumours.

A big breakthrough in the fight against cancer could have been unearthed in the rainforests of far north Queensland.

The potential breakthrough, known as EBC-46, is a molecule found in the berries of the rainforest tree blushwood, which grows on the Atherton Tablelands, Network Nine reports.

Australian scientists are said to be trialling the cancer-fighting properties in fruit from the tree.

"It's a small molecule that actually works with the body to destroy cancer, rather than being a chemo-therapy approach which is acting, in many cases, against the body," Q-Biotics CEO Victoria Gordon told Nine this week.

She said the treatment was uncomplicated, consisting of injecting the substance into a tumour.

"It's very simple to use ... We get full tumour destruction in five to seven days, great healing of the site and no significant side effects," she said.

The effects EBC-46 has been trialled with animals and stages of human trials are underway, with 14 patients treated so far, according to Nine.

The Cairns Post reports that EBC-46 can treat ­tumours that included melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and breast adenocarcinoma.

Gordon is reported to have told the publication that none of the ­patients treated at hospitals in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, showed any negative side ­effects from the drug.

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