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Some Cancers to be Treated with Ecstasy

Variety of Ecstasy PillsWhen it comes to getting rid of cancer, people are willing to try just about anything. Apparently, this also includes the drug known as Ecstasy. In fact, experts are showing that modified versions of this popular dance club drug may be very effective at destroying blood cancers. Due to this, many experts are suggesting that the drug be used to treat such cancers as myeloma, lymphoma, and leukaemia.

Some may remember, about six years ago, scientists found that “psychotropic” drugs cause cancers affecting white blood cells to respond in certain ways. Although some may not have known it at the time, this was actually a pretty major breakthrough.

Of course, it is important to keep in mind that Ecstasy is not the only psychotropic drug out there that gets a response from cancers affecting white blood cells. In fact, other drugs like weight loss pills, amphetamine, and antidepressants have been known to get a reaction out of certain types of cancers as well. However, thanks to research done by a team over at the University of Birmingham, people are now learning that modified forms of Ecstasy may be one of the best drugs in fighting these cancers.

Reports suggest that modified forms of Ecstasy are about 100 times better at destroying cancerous cells than unmodified forms. Further studies may actually lead to modified Ecstasy being used in actual patient trials.

The Professor of the University’s School of Immunology and Infection, John Gordon, said that this is an exciting next step towards using a modified form of MDMA to help people suffering from blood cancer. However, he does not want to give people false hope just yet. He said that research is still at a very early stage. However, there is hope that this research could hold the potential for improvements in the next few years.

The real problem apparently is adapting Ecstasy for use as a cancer drug. In fact, research shows that the dose of MDMA needed to treat cancer may still prove to be fatal to a human. In order to overcome this obstacle, scientists are trying to isolate the drug’s cancer-killing properties to cut out other parts of the drug.

The scientific director of the charity Lekaemia & Lymphoma Research, Dr. David Grant, said that the prospect of being able to target blood cancers with a drug derived from Ecstasy is a genuinely exciting proposition. Many types of lymphoma remain hard to treat, and non-toxic drugs that are effective are extremely hard to come by. Right now it appears that most things that are toxic to cancer cells are also toxic to healthy cells. That is why the idea of using Ecstasy to harm cancer without harming the human body is such a huge step forward in the fight against cancer.



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