Researchers at the University of Geneva say they discovered how a molecule found in grapes could treat lung cancer.
The compound, resveratrol, is already known as a successful treatment for certain cancers, but so far as had no impact on lungs. Researchers say that’s because when swallowed or injected it’s metabolized too quickly and never reaches the lungs.
The new method involves taking the treatment nasally. The challenge was creating a solution which contains enough of the molecule to reach the lungs.
The technique allows a dose which is 22 times more potent than can be taken orally.