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Painkillers can stop the growth of cancerous cells – Swedish study show

Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Painkillers can help to slow the growth of cancer tumours, according to a Swedish study.

Researchers at Karolinska Institute have conducted a study on cancer on mice showing that the antiviral medication in combination with anti-inflammatory drugs suppressed the growth of tumour by 72 percent in mice. The study is published in medical journal, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, reported several Swedish media network.

“We think that is very encouraging. These drugs could be used in combination with other treatments that patients receive today, such as chemotherapy, and in conjunction with chemotherapy agents have even better effect on tumour growth,” says Cecilia S�derberg-Naucl�r, a professor at the Karolinska Institute to the report.

Between 70 to 75 percent of the population carries the virus, cytomegaloviruset, which may contribute to the growth of cancer tumours growing. The virus has been found in brain tumours, breast and prostate cancer.

“We suspect that the virus plays an important role, it can aggravate cancer and make it more aggressive,” says Cecilia S�derberg-Naucl�r to the Swedish newspaper, Expressen on line.
A study of about 40 adult Swedes with an aggressive form of brain cancer has strated and is in progress.
By Scancomark.se Team

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