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Prostate cancer drug could be used for breast cancer

27th June 2011

A study by cancer Research UK has suggested that drugs used to treat prostate cancer in men may also be useful for difficult-to-treat breast cancers in some women.

Hormone treatments like tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors are ineffective against up to 30% of breast cancers but laboratory research in the charity’s Cambridge Research Institute and published in The EMBO Journal has suggested some of these tumours may respond to drugs for male cancers. The findings, which the charity said was a surprise, raises hopes that drugs already developed for prostate cancer could help some women.

 

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