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Cancer drug can fuel tumour growth

23rd March 2009

UK scientists have found that a drug, known as an anti-angiogenesis, can actually stimulate tumour growth if it is given at a low dose.

Dr Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke of the Institute of Cancer, who headed the research, said: "We've got evidence now that low doses can enhance tumour growth. So there is no benefit of giving a high dose, which then drops, and then a high dose again. But that's not to say it can't work at all. It can, but there is this caveat." 

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