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Fungal toenail drug able to eliminate sleeping bowel cancer cells immune to chemotherapy, finds study

Published on 10 September 2018 back to previous

Treatment wakes up dormant tumour cells which can allow cancer to come back after chemotherapy before slamming on an irreversible ‘stop’ button.

A medication more commonly used to treat fungal toenail infections may help in fighting off persistent bowel cancers, which kills 16,000 people in the UK each year, a study found.

Bowel cancer is the UK’s fourth most common cancer but its second biggest killer and scientists hope that antifungal medication, itraconazole, could help prevent it coming back after treatment.

Researchers from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute found that the drug was able to kill off tumours in mice, but also wiped out “dormant” cells which can allow a tumour to recur later.

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