19 Aug '11, 12am

Ecstasy drug could treat blood cancer, say researchers

Ecstasy drug could treat blood cancer, say researchers

LONDON: Researchers in Britain revealed on Friday they are exploring whether the night clubbers' drug ecstasy could be effective in treating blood cancers. Scientists at the University of Birmingham in central England said modified forms of the drug boosted its ability to destroy cancerous cells by 100 times. Six years ago, researchers found that cancers affecting white blood cells appeared to respond to certain "psychotropic" drugs. These included weight loss pills, Prozac-type antidepressants, and amphetamine derivatives such as MDMA - commonly known as ecstasy. The Birmingham scientists said their discoveries since then could lead to MDMA derivatives being used in patient trials. The derivatives could be effective in treating blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. "This is an exciting next step towards using a modified form of MDMA to help people sufferi...

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