A daily dose of aspirin was effective at blocking growth of breast tumor and other cancers. Aspirin seems to be conducive for reproduction around cancer stem cells.
Dr.Sushanta Banerjee, Research Director of the Cancer Research Unit at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said that in cancer, when you treat the patient, initially the tumor will hopefully shrink, the problem comes 5 or 10 years down the road when the disease relapses.
Cancer has stem cells, or residual cells that have already survived chemotherapy or other cancer treatment and they go dormant until conditions in the body are more favorable for them to again reproduce. When they reappear they can be very aggressive, nasty tumors, he noted.
Nevertheless, Banerjee is taking his own medicine. For three years he has been on a daily aspirin regimen with, he says, no ill effects. Each person, he stresses, should of course check with his or her own health care provider before doing the same. They will appear in Laboratory Investigation.