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A new drug treatment to close the window on colon cancer
Date:7/21/2010

ese hormones, helping the body to better fend off the stressors of surgery.

In animal studies, Prof. Ben-Eliyahu found that by blocking these hormones he could increase long-term post-operative survival rates from cancer by as much as 300 percent. If his new study on human volunteers succeeds, it could set a new paradigm for cancer treatment and post-surgery recovery rates. "In rats and mice it works with great success, really beautifully," says Prof. Ben-Eliyahu.

In the upcoming trial, Prof. Ben-Eliyahu will boost patients' immune systems with his drug cocktail over a 20-day period, before, during and after surgery. The two compounds to be used in the study are a beta-adrenergic antagonist, which is used to treat hypertension and anxiety, and a Cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, used against inflammation and pain. Since the two drugs are already widely available and routinely used in the clinical setting, no patents need be filed for the application of these drugs.


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