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The long read: The cancer drugs in your bathroom cabinet

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medications_drugs common repurposing_oncology news australiaBy Linda Geddes – The Guardian.

Researchers have had promising results treating tumours with everyday medicines. So why aren’t the big pharma companies investing in trials?

Helen Hewitt lost her mother, her younger brother and her baby son to cancer. Having successfully overcome breast cancer herself, she is currently battling several tumours in her lungs, and – thanks to an inherited mutation in her DNA – is at high risk of developing other cancers as well. Yet Helen, 41, is pioneering an unfamiliar approach against this all too familiar foe. Alongside conventional chemotherapy, surgery, and radiotherapy, she is taking a cocktail of experimental yet well-known medicines. Some of them might even be in your bathroom cabinet.

From aspirin to antacids, beta blockers to ibuprofen, all are being reinvestigated and utilised as potential anti-cancer drugs…read the full story.

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