Dec 7, 2022

Could new cancer drugs come from potatoes and tomatoes?

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Everyone knows someone who has had cancer. In 2020, around 19 million new cases—and around 10 million deaths—were registered worldwide. Treatments are improving all the time, but can damage healthy cells or have severe side effects that are hard on patients. In the search for new, more targeted cancer drugs, traditional medicine offers many possible candidates.

A team of Polish scientists led by Magdalena Winkiel at Adam Mickiewicz University, publishing today in Frontiers in Pharmacology, has reviewed the called glycoalkaloids, found in vegetables like potatoes and tomatoes, to demonstrate their potential to treat .

“Scientists around the world are still searching for the drugs which will be lethal to but at the same time safe for ,” said Winkiel.

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