NAC reduces negative effects from CT scan radiation
N-acetylcysteine reduces toxicity from radiation exposure
by Newsletter Editor
Diagnostic CT scans increase chances of surviving cancer, but doctors worry frequent scanning may cause cancer. In this study, mice with lung cancer that didn’t get NAC, or (N-acetylcysteine), had larger tumors eight months after CT scans than mice that got NAC three days before the CT scans began and continuing for five weeks. Doctors said NAC appears to reduce the toxicity from radiation exposure, and prevented CT scan-induced tumor growth.