Prostate cancer could be treated with cough medicine ingredient
Noscapine is a common and natural ingredient used in many cough medicines and it now looks as though it could be useful in treating late stage prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer will develops in 1 in 6 US males and is the most common cancer in men.
The new study shows that noscapine slowed tumour growth in mice and appears to have no major side-effects.
Campaigners are keen to see the profile of prostate cancer rise and for more money to be put into research on finding better treatments and cures for this very common and often life taking cancer.
Noscapine, a natural substance found in cough medicine, may prove useful in treating advanced prostate cancer, according to studies in mice.
Researchers found that noscapine -- a non-addictive derivative of opium -- reduced tumor growth in mice by 60 percent and limited the spread of tumors by 65 percent without causing harmful side effects.
Dr. Israel Barken, of The Prostate Cancer Research and Education Foundation, La Mesa, California, and colleagues report their finding in the journal Anticancer Research.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, one man in six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime.
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