Modified ecstasy ‘attacks cancer’

Ecstasy has long been associated with the nineties rave culture yet a new study has shown that Ecstasy may have positive health benefits and hold the key to curing cancer

Ecstasy has long been associated with club culture, but a new study has shown the drug may have positive health benefits and hold the key to curing cancer

Research has shown that a modified version of ecstasy destroys some cancerous cells and fights blood cancers. Also known as MDMA, the drug may help the fight against Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma.

‘The prospect of being able to target blood cancer with a drug derived from ecstasy is genuinely exciting. This is a significant step,’ says Dr David Grant.

In 2006, researchers at the University of Birmingham found that Ecstasy could potentially kill more than half of white blood cancers cells, however, a large dose that would be required to treat these cancerous calls could be life threatening to the patient.

Now five years o,n it seems that researchers have finally adapted the drug to be safe enough for doctors to use on cancer suffers.

‘While we would not wish to give false hope, the results of this research hold the potential for improvements in treatments in years to come,’ says Professor John Gordon.

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