Friday, August 19, 2011

Ecstasy 'may help to fight cancers of the blood' - 19th Aug 2011

Ecstasy could be used to treat cancers of the blood, according to scientists.

Modified versions of the dance club drug may help to fight leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Six years ago researchers found that cancers affecting white blood cells responded to psychotropic drugs including ecstasy, weight-loss pills and anti-depressants.

The University of Birmingham team has now adapted ecstasy to be 100 times deadlier to cancerous cells.

Further work could lead to ecstasy, which is an amphetamine derivative properly known as MDMA, being trialled on patients.

Dr David Grant, of the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, which helped fund the study, said: ‘The prospect of being able to target blood cancer with a drug derived from ecstasy is genuinely exciting. This is a significant step.' Read More