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Ecstasy Can Treat Cancer

August 19, 2011

Could ecstasy cure cancer? The idea suddenly doesn’t seem so farfetched. Researchers at Birmingham University have found a way to boost its cancer-suppressing powers 100-fold, making it a potentially viable treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, the Telegraph reports. Ecstasy was already known to fight many white blood cell cancers, but treating patients with it would have required a dose so large it would also kill the patient.

Now, it may be a viable treatment—if scientists can devise a version of the drug that’s safe enough to use. “This is an exciting next step,” the lead author said. “While we would not wish to give people false hope, the results of this research hold the potential for improvement in treatments in years to come.”

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