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Chemo alternative for leukaemia patients

14th January 2010

A study by scientists at the University of Birmingham has shown that a new treatment could help leukaemia patients who are too weak for chemotherapy.

They say using a combination of the contraceptive pill and a cholesterol-lowering drug could be a safer and more effective option for patients. Some 20 acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients treated with Bezafibrate and the female contraceptive drug Medroxyprogesterone Acetate suffered none of the side effects linked with chemotherapy. The study in the British Journal of Haematology also showed that survival was improved by several months.

 

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