Researchers in the UK recently found that ecstasy, the drug is often distributed in nightclubs, can be effective in the treatment of blood cancer. Scientists from the University of Birmingham in central England said modified forms of the drug that have the ability to destroy cancer cells by 100%.
Six years ago, researchers found that certain types of cancer that affect the white blood cells that actively respond to certain "psychiatric" formulations. These pills are designed for weight loss, antidepressant agents such as Prozac ampetamina and derivatives such as, for example, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) - commonly known as ecstasy.
Birmingham scientists reported that since their discovery MDMA derivatives could be used in tests on patients. Derivatives of drugs such as MDMA can be quite effective in the treatment of blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
"It’s an amazing next step towards using a modified form of MDMA to help people suffering from blood cancer," - said Professor John Gordon (John Gordon), from the University’s School of Immunology and Infection.
"We do not want to give false hope to people, but the results of this study are promising, and perhaps this method of treatment will be applied in the coming years."
The research team found that the dose of MDMA required for the treatment of cancer is deadly, so scientists are currently working on a branch of the cancer-killing properties of the drug. They are also found in the search process for the preparation of molecules MDMA, to be able to easily penetrate the walls of the cancer cells.
Dr. David Grant (David Grant), the scientific director of the Research Center for Leukemia and Lymphoma, which was partially funded by the analysis, said: "The prospect of treatment of blood cancer drug produced from ecstasy - a truly amazing deal. Most types of lymphoma difficult to treat, which is why non-toxic drugs that are effective as possible and have fewer side effects, a need today. "
Details were published in the next issue of the magazine "Investigational New Drugs".
Original: Physorg Translation: M. Potter