Repurposing nitroglycerin as an anti-cancer agent

October 2015   Comments

Used to treat angina for more than 130 years, nitroglycerin is the latest possible treatment for cancer. Researchers have attributed treatment failures for many cancers to the lack of oxygen inside the tumour, making it difficult for treatments to penetrate the cancer. Nitroglycerin could improve tumour oxygenation, which could in turn improve radiation and chemotherapy, according to the Belgian and American researchers. Nitroglycerin is readily available, inexpensive and relatively non-toxic.

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