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Existing drug shows promise for treating aggressive breast cancer

An existing antipsychotic drug could become the first targeted treatment for an aggressive type of breast cancer that is hard to treat.
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An existing drug may help in the fight against breast cancer.
A study led by the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom reveals that the drug pimozide can reduce cancer cell numbers, growth, and spread in triple-negative breast cancer.
In a paper that is to feature in the journal Oncotarget, the researchers describe how they used laboratory cells and mice implanted with tumors to demonstrate the drug s effect.
Some of the tests they carried out also suggest that pimozide could be effective against non-small cell lung cancer, which is the most common form of lung cancer.
Following this success, the team has applied for a patent and intends to start clinical trials in humans as soon as funds permit.