A major step forward in the fight against cancer as Viagra found to help ‘cure’ the disease

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VIAGRA could help cure cancer, say scientists.

Cancer Research UK has found that guys’ bedroom boosters – like the little blue pill – can make chemotherapy more effective against throat cancer.

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Erectile dysfunction pills may increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy, study findsCredit: Getty

They shut down enzymes that form protective shields around cancer cells, making it easier for chemotherapy drugs to burst tumors.

Laboratory and mouse tests suggest that the drug combination will work in human patients and for other cancers as well.

Both men and women could benefit, the scientists added – and the pills shouldn’t cause unwanted arousal.

Study author Professor Tim Underwood, from the University of Southampton, said: “Finding a drug that is already safely prescribed to people every day could be a big step forward in tackling this disease difficult to treat.

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Experts tested the drugs, called PDE5 inhibitors, in combination with chemotherapy on esophageal cancer cells.

About 9,300 cases of cancer of the oesophagus, which starts in the throat, are diagnosed each year in the UK and nine out of 10 patients die within a decade.

The tests found high levels of PDE5 enzymes around the tumours, suggesting they help them grow.

The erectile dysfunction drugs crushed enzyme levels, opening up cancer cells to killer chemotherapy and increasing its effectiveness.

Tumors in mice shrank more when treated with the combo than with chemo alone, Boffins found in the journal Cell Reports Medicine.

The NHS already offers a large number of erectile dysfunction pills, with 4.3 million prescriptions in England last year at an average cost of just £4 per pack.

Michelle Mitchell, CEO of Cancer Research UK, said: “Advances in the treatment of oesophageal cancer have seen only limited improvement over the past 40 years, which is why we have made it a priority. of research.

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“We look forward to seeing how the combination treatment of PDE5 inhibitors with chemotherapy performs in clinical trials.

“If existing drugs for other diseases prove to be effective treatments, they will prove more affordable and become available to patients more quickly than new cancer drugs.”

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