Diabetes drug could treat breast cancer

Scientists have developed a new test to identify patients with aggressive forms of the disease who could benefit from Metformin.They said it could herald “an important new way of tailoring treatments” to the needs of cancer patients.

Patients whose cancer cells “fed” off high-energy compounds were more likely to see their tumours spread or become terminal, they found.It meant they could be helped by being given the diabetes drug, which essentially cuts off the “fuel supply” for aggressive cancer cells.Scientists used the findings to develop a method to predict which patients had a poor prognosis – and those who could benefit from the drug. Read more…

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