London: An international team, led by an Indian-origin scientist, has suggested that vitamin A found in foods such as carrots and broccoli could help combat pancreatic cancer, which has the lowest survival rate of all cancers.
Once diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, most patients do not survive more than 1 year.
Dr Hemant Kocher of Barts Cancer Institute in London and The London NHS Trust, who led the four-year joint project with Cambridge University and the Hub-recht Institute in Holland, found that raising levels of Vitamin A in healthy cells around the cancerous ones can inhibit cancer growth.
"The findings should lead to better survival rates and different treatment methods for pancreatic cancer that annually kills almost 7,500 patients in the UK." The Daily Express quoted Kocher as saying.
The research was based on a theory originally proposed in 1889.
Clinical trials will now take place at Barts, Kocher added.