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Drugs from Vegetables May Target Melanoma Tumors

Posted: March 6, 2009

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When the researchers tested the combination drug on different human melanoma cell lines, they found it was from 30 to 70% effective. Possible human trials of the new drug are still years away.

"We have harnessed something found in nature to target melanoma. And since we only need tiny amounts to kill the cancer cells, it means even less toxic side effects for the patient," said Robertson, who has a provisional patent on the discovery.

The research was published in the March issue of Clinical Cancer Research.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about melanoma.