#1 Aspirin could help boost cancer treatment, experts find by algernonpj 04.09.2015 11:20

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Aspirin could help boost cancer treatment, experts find
'Exciting' study results show anti-inflammatory pain killer suppresses cancer molecule that allows tumours to evade body's immune defences
By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor
5:00PM BST 03 Sep 2015

Cancer treatment could be more effective when it is combined with aspirin, new research suggests.

The anti-inflammatory pain killer suppresses a cancer molecule that allows tumours to evade the body's immune defences, a study has found.

Experts said the research findings were “exciting”, suggesting that drugs that cost just a few pence could make “a huge difference” helping to save lives.

But they cautioned that the findings would need to be confirmed by further trials before aspirin was routinely given as part of cancer treatment.

Laboratory tests show that skin, breast and bowel cancer cells often generate large amounts of a molecule called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2).

The study found aspirin and other members of the "Cox inhibitor" drug family block its production so that tumours have nowhere to hide. In mice, combining immunotherapy with drugs such as aspirin substantially slowed the growth of bowel and malignant skin cancer.

Professor Caetano Reis e Sousa, who led the team from the Francis Crick Institute in London, said: "We've added to the growing evidence that some cancers produce PGE2 as a way of escaping the immune system.

"If you can take away cancer cells' ability to make PGE2 you effectively lift this protective barrier and unleash the full power of the immune system.

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Perhaps this is why some studies seem to show that an aspirin (or other NSAID) a day lowers risk for cancer, especially gastrointestinal cancer, and seems to lower the death rate from cancer.

#2 RE: Aspirin could help boost cancer treatment, experts find by ThirstyMan 04.09.2015 12:54

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I'm a daily "user"

If you don't suffer from stomach problems, there seems to be only that downside, to taking aspirin and then this great upside.



study sponsored by ???

#3 RE: Aspirin could help boost cancer treatment, experts find by algernonpj 06.09.2015 12:53

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Quote: ThirstyMan wrote in post #2
I'm a daily "user"

If you don't suffer from stomach problems, there seems to be only that downside, to taking aspirin and then this great upside.



study sponsored by ???


You bring up a good point TM. Who funded the study.

In this case there seems to be a lot of studies out of various universities that indicate aspirin appears to be of benefit in preventing cancer and extending.mortality.

Willow bark has been used as a medicine by native Americans and since the time of ancient Greece, Egypt, and ancient middle east

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