Ecstasy could be the key to cancer treatment. Scientists have found that modified MDMA is capable of reducing tumor growth and could be used to fight leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The Telegraph reports that scientists have known about ecstasy’s ability to fight white blood cell cancers. But until now, the dosage of ecstasy that a patient would have to take in order for the drug to be effective was so large that it was fatal. Scientists have been able to modify MDMA, however, into a much more potent form.
Lead author Professor John Gordon said:
“This is an exciting next step towards using a modified form of MDMA to help people suffering from blood cancer.
“While we would not wish to give people false hope, the results of this research hold the potential for improvement in treatments in years to come.”
Researchers from Birmingham University claim in a new study published in the Investigational New Drugs journal that they have been able to modify MDMA so that it is 100 times more effective at suppressing growing tumors.
Dr Julie Sharp of Cancer Research UK said:
“As MDMA is a dangerous drug, the researchers need also to find out if they can create safe versions to treat people with the disease.”