24 November 2021 Volume :9 Issue :51

Traditional Medicine Shows Potential to Treat Breast Cancer

Traditional Medicine Shows Potential to Treat Breast Cancer
Mr Siboniso Sithole, who holds a Master’s in Medical Sciences.

Mr Siboniso Sithole was awarded a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences (Anatomy) for his study that investigated the immunomodulatory and anticancer effect of traditional medicine on breast cancer cells. The research found that the traditional medicine used induced immunomodulatory through changes in cytokines secretion.

It thus has the potential to be developed and optimised for treatment of breast cancer.

‘The Master’s programme gave me the opportunity to conduct research that could change the lives of cancer patients and traditional healers. I am excited to have conducted research that validates the safety and efficacy of traditional medicine against cancer,’ said Sithole.

He added that completing a Master’s degree at UKZN was a dream come true and expressed his gratitude to his supervisor, Dr Mlungisi Ngcobo for his support. He hopes to register for a PhD at UKZN.

Hailing from Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal, Sithole completed his matric at Ekwaluseni High School. He is currently working as a temporary teacher assistant in the Department of Education.

The 29-year-old said his studies were affected by the national lockdown, but the University mitigated this challenge by providing laptops and data for students. ‘It was great studying at UKZN. The lecturers and lab managers were very supportive and available for consultations.’

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photograph: Supplied

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