If you’re under the age of 30 and are reading this, you’re probably already familiar with ecstasy (also known as MDMA), a recreational drug which has been popular on the dance scene for many years. But I bet you didn’t know that scientists believe that a modified form of the drug might just be a promising weapon in the fight to cure cancer.
In fact, it was already known that the drug was effective against white blood cell cancers such as leukaemia, but the high doses required for effective treatment would also have been fatal to the patient. But now a group of researchers from Birmingham University think that they’ve found away to modify the drug in a way which could eventually make it safe to use in treatments.
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.”
Source : The Telegraph