Study: Methadone destroys cancer cells without harming healthy cells

August 1, 2008 2:20:52 PM PDT
A medication used to break drug addiction holds promise as a new treatment for leukemia. Methadone seems to have the ability to destroy leukemia cells.

Researchers say the medication also seems to work in patients whose cancer no longer responds to chemotherapy and radiation.

German researchers say methadone kills off cancer cells without harming healthy blood cells.

So far tests have only been done in the lab, but scientists seem hopeful the treatment will also be effective in humans.

You can learn more about this research in the journal "Cancer Research."


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