Scientists Find Active Plant Substance Slows Down Aggressive Eye Cancer
Eye cancer is always a scary diagnosis to get. This is especially true given that we constantly use our eyes. From the moment you wake up to the second you fall asleep, your eyes are active and on high alert. Considering that our eyes are such an important and consistently active part of the body, it makes perfect sense that this would be one of the most terrifying and heart breaking cancer diagnoses one could get. Over the years, individuals around the globe have been diagnosed with eye cancer and their lives have been completely turned upside down in the process.
This is exactly why ongoing research and studies in eye cancer are so incredibly valuable. There is something definitively important about working towards developing successful treatments and even hopefully cures for not just eye cancers, but every type of cancer. So, when new research seemingly finds a breakthrough, it is exciting and creates a sense of hope. One recent research finding from biologists is one of the most hopeful research findings in recent history – perhaps even in forever.
New research points to natural treatment
Recently, researchers found that an active substance – known for around thirty years now – could perhaps be utilised as a combatant against eye tumours. A new study looked into the plant leaves (which contain the tested substance) to find this ground-breaking information. Encouragingly, the plant the active substance is found in is not by any means a rarity. In fact, around the holiday season you can find it in any well-structured garden store. Originally from Korea, the Coral Berry plant is even resistant to insect attack.
Delving into the research more deeply
The substance inhibits “an important group of molecules in the cells, the GQ proteins”. GQ proteins function similarly to the emergency control centre of any city. GQ proteins (i.e. the emergency services of a city) can be activated by control signals that, when activated, effectively switch metabolic pathways on or off. The discovery is that this active substance can actually be controlled, which in turn could be utilised to target aggressive cancer cells and therefore slow down the cancer from propelling at an exceeded rate through the eye.
Why this recent research is revolutionary
More than anything else, this research is so remarkable because it pinpoints a hopeful way to slow down aggressive melanoma of the eye, hence giving the patient more time to respond to treatment and a higher chance of beating the cancer in the long run. It is life changing treatment that, at the end of the day, is giving the medical and biological fields more hope than ever that this could be a useful treatment for eye cancer, as well as being a point of hopeful promise for individuals who are impacted by eye cancer. Click here to find out more about Ophthalmology services and how they can assist you if you have any concerns or struggles with your eye health.