Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Common prostate cancer drugs could speed tumour growth

This requires more study.

Common prostate cancer drugs could speed tumour growth

Steroid drugs widely prescribed to control the cancer can actually drive its growth, researchers find

Researchers found that steroid drugs which are widely prescribed because they control the disease not only stop working over time - but began to drive the spread of cancer.
The study by the Institute of Cancer Research, The Royal Marsden Foundation trust and the University of Trento in Italy tracked 16 men with advanced prostate cancer in detail.
The research found that use of glucocorticoids - steroid drugs often given alongside hormonal therapy - coincided with the emergence of mutations that led the drug to activate the disease.

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