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A major step forward in the fight against cancer as Viagra has been found to “cure” diseases

VIAGRA could help cure cancer, scientists say.

Cancer Research UK found that men’s bedroom boosters – like the little blue pill – can make throat cancer chemotherapy more effective.

Erectile dysfunction pills could boost chemotherapy effectiveness, study suggests

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They turn off enzymes that form protective shields around cancer cells, making it easier for chemotherapy drugs to blast tumors.

Tests in laboratories and in mice suggest that the combination of drugs will work in human patients as well as other types of cancer.

Both men and women could benefit, the scientists added – and the pills shouldn’t cause unwanted excitement.

Study author Professor Tim Underwood of the University of Southampton said: “Finding a drug that is already being safely prescribed to people every day could be a huge step forward in tackling this difficult-to-treat disease.”

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Experts tested the drugs, known as PDE5 inhibitors, in combination with chemotherapy on esophageal cancer cells.

Around 9,300 cases of oesophageal cancer, which starts in the throat, are diagnosed in the UK each year, and nine out of ten patients die within a decade.

Tests revealed high levels of PDE5 enzymes around the tumors, suggesting they help them grow.

Drugs for erectile dysfunction lowered enzyme levels, opening up cancer cells to the killer chemotherapy and increasing their effectiveness.

Tumors in mice shrank more when treated with the combination than with chemo alone, experts revealed in the journal Cell Reports Medicine.

The NHS already distributes a large number of erectile dysfunction pills, with 4.3 million prescriptions costing an average of just £4 a pack in England last year.

Michelle Mitchell, CEO of Cancer Research UK, said: “Progress in the treatment of esophageal cancer has shown limited improvement over the past 40 years, which is why we have made it a research priority.

“We are curious to see how the combined treatment of PDE5 inhibitors with chemotherapy performs in clinical studies.

“If existing drugs prove to be successful treatments for other diseases, they will prove to be more affordable and more quickly available to patients than new cancer drugs.”

https://www.the-sun.com/health/5609463/viagra-could-boost-cancer-chemotherapy-cure/ A major step forward in the fight against cancer as Viagra has been found to “cure” diseases

Sarah Y. Kim

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