Brain tumour treatment is set to be revolutionised by a cheap drug that combines three types of medication including ASPIRIN
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A cheap drug combining three readily available medications will revolutionise brain tumour treatments, research suggests.
The drug – which combines liquid aspirin, triacetin and saccharin – breaks down brain cancers' defences to make tumours visible to powerful immunotherapy drugs.
Researchers have shown the new drug can cross the 'blood-brain barrier' – a hurdle which has so far stopped cancer drugs attacking brain tumours.
Crucially, it can carry other, more powerful medications with it, acting as a 'Trojan horse' to sneak immunotherapy drugs into the brain.
The study – conducted by scientists at the universities of Portsmouth and Liverpool – offers hope for a breakthrough in brain tumour treatment.
More than 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour in Britain each year, yet campaigners have long warned that patients are left behind because there are few effective treatments.
Study leader Dr Richard Hill of Portsmouth University said: 'To produce a completely new drug takes many years and is very expensive.
By focusing our efforts on testing novel formulation techniques, we can move closer to a treatment more quickly than would otherwise be possible.'
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