Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:26:43 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Andy Coghlan at New Scientist - hope it works. Hope the f.d.a. can be convinced to approve it. [grabbe]

It sounds almost too good to be true: a cheap and simple drug that kills almost all cancers by switching off their "immortality". The drug, dichloroacetate (DCA), has already been used for years to treat rare metabolic disorders and so is known to be relatively safe.

It also has no patent, meaning it could be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of newly developed drugs.

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