Cholesterol Drug May Fight Breast Cancer

Published 06/06 2014 05:39PM

Updated 06/06 2014 05:40PM

New research suggests that a cholesterol drug could help some women fight breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer, or IBC, is a particularly aggressive form of the disease that's likely  to spread.

A new study found that women taking generic Zocor when they were going through radiation were more likely to survive IBC. Researchers believe the cholesterol  drug makes tumors more sensitive to radiation therapy.

Principal investigator Wendy Woodward, M.D., Ph.D. said, "our data suggest that clinical trials combining simvastatin (Zocor) with radiation therapy for IBC patients should definitely be the next step."

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