"Abortion Pill" May Stop Cancer Cells - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/14/08

"Abortion Pill" May Stop Cancer Cells

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According to researchers from the University of South Dakota, the so-called "Abortion Pill" may play a role in the fight against ovarian cancer. That study was presented this past weekend at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. The drug, called "Mifepristone", appears to stop ovarian cancer cells from growing back in between standard chemotherapy treatments.

The study was done using cells in a lab and while the chemo killed the majority of cancer cells, those that did remain were able to reproduce. But when scientists added the Mifepristone to the lab culture, it was not as easy for the cells to grow back.

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