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New Drugs can Increase the Success Rate of Cancer Operations

by Savitha C Muppala on  July 24, 2010 at 3:29 PM Cancer News   - G J E 4
A novel clinical approach can up the success rate of cancer operations.

Cancer surgery weakens a body's immune system and stress hormones exacerbate the problem - leading to recurrence of cancer in patients.
 New Drugs can Increase the Success Rate of Cancer Operations
New Drugs can Increase the Success Rate of Cancer Operations
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Prof. Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu, head of Tel Aviv University's Department of Psychology is testing a cocktail of drugs to prevent the negative effects of stress responses to colon cancer surgery.

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If successful, it will help the immune system maintain its vigour and prevent the occurrence of new tumours.

According to Ben-Eliyahu, existing generic drugs could block the influence of the hormones that wreak havoc on the immune system.

The team blocked these hormones in animals using the drugs - beta-adrenergic antagonist, which is used to treat hypertension and anxiety, and a Cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, used against inflammation and pain.

The results indicated that long-term post-operative survival rates could increase by as much as 300 percent.

If his new study on human volunteers succeeds, it could set a new paradigm for cancer treatment and post-surgery recovery rates.

The study appeared in a recent issue of the Journal of Immunology.

Source: ANI
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