Drug Effective in Fight Against MS May Prove Effective Against Mesothelioma
In the quest to find a more effective treatment for mesothelioma sufferers, researchers sometimes turn to medicines that are successful in treating other diseases. In February, MesotheliomaHelp reported on the use of a pinworm drug in the fight against cancer. Now, researchers report that a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis could be effective against mesothelioma.
Researchers from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, joined by colleagues from University of Ferrara, Italy, and New York University Langone Medical Center, looked at the immunosuppressant drug fingolimod, or FTY720, approved for multiple sclerosis treatment, due to its anti-tumor activity reported in various cancers. The drug had not previously been considered for use in mesothelioma care.