A chemically re-engineered form of ecstasy could be effective in fighting against various forms of cancer though researchers predict that such a treatment was still a decade away from becoming a reality.
A previous study conducted by researchers at the Birmingham University had suggested that ecstasy was effective in attacking cancerous cells. However the dosage required to kill the cancer cells would have been fatal in humans.
The researchers, working in tandem with University of Western Australia, have now developed a modified form of ecstasy that has increased its effectiveness in fighting against cancer by a 100 times and thereby reducing the dosage required to kill the cancer cells.
"Against the cancers, particularly the leukaemia, the lymphoma and the myeloma, where we've tested these new compounds we can wipe out 100 percent of the cancer cells in some cases. We would really need to pinpoint which are the most sensitive cases, but it has the potential to wipe out all the cancer cells in those examples", lead researcher Professor John Gordon said.