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Viagra and the flu shot = cancer fighter?
« on: May 22, 2018, 19:04:28 »
Combine erectile dysfunction drugs and a dose of flu vaccine and what do you get?

Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are beginning the first clinical trial in the world to test whether the surprising drug combination can reduce the spread of cancer after surgery.

Researchers, led by Dr. Rebecca Auer, an oncologist and head of cancer research at the hospital, published a study in the medical journal Oncolmmunology showing the unconventional strategy reduced the spread of cancer by more than 90 per cent in mice.

Surgery, which is the most effective treatment for many forms of cancer, suppresses the immune system, which can pave the way for the spread of cancer to other parts of the body in some patients.

Auer said the combination of the erectile dysfunction drugs — known as phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors — and the flu vaccine help to avoid immune suppression after surgery by hyper stimulating so-called natural killer cells using the flu vaccine, while at the same time blocking a kind of immune cell that fights those natural killer cells, using the erectile dysfunction drug.
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