According to new research, a drug notorious for its place in nightclub tables may also be a key in fighting cancer.
The exciting news is coming from a study out of the University of Binghamton whose researchers found that ecstasy, also known as MDMA could be used to treat leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. According to the researchers involved in the study, the drug was 100 times more effective as suppressing tumor growth.
The Telegraph reports:
Ecstasy was already known to be effective against more than half of white blood cell cancers, but previously the large dose required to treat a tumour would also have killed the patient.
While the results have gotten a lot of people talk, researchers say there is a lot of work ahead before the findings could be put into widespread use for cancer patients. The results of the study, published in the Investigation New Drugs Journal, lead author Professor John Gordon said:
“This is an exciting next step towards using a modified form of MDMA to help people suffering from blood cancer…While we would not wish to give people false hope, the results of this research hold the potential for improvement in treatments in years to come.”