Can hair dye help fight breast cancer? Ingredients Injected Into Tumors Before Radiotherapy May Slow Progression by TWO YEARS, Scientists Believe
- Scientists find that ingredients in hair dye can slow the progression of breast cancer
- Of a dozen patients in phase 1 study, 11 still saw benefits a year later
- Their tumors did not disappear, shrink or grow any bigger, researchers found
Ingredients in hair dye and anti-aging cream can slow breast cancer progression by two years, scientists think.
Early research suggests that they increase the effectiveness of radiotherapy when injected into a tumor before treatment.
The cocktail of hydrogen peroxide, which bleaches hair, and hyaluronic acid, which moisturizes the skin, costs less than £ 100.
Early research suggests that they increase the effectiveness of radiotherapy when injected into a tumor before treatment. The chemical is in hair dye (above)
Of the 12 patients in a phase 1 study, 11 (92 percent) still saw benefits a year later.
Their tumors had either disappeared, shrunk, or hadn’t gotten bigger. The typical rate without the injection is 60 to 65 percent, according to the Institute of Cancer Research, London.
The men and women in the trial had an incurable disease, an average age of 77 years, and were either unfit for surgery or refused it.
They were injected twice a week with the gel-like mix one hour before standard radiotherapy at Royal Marsden Hospital in West London.
Ingredients in hair dye and anti-aging cream may slow breast cancer progression by two years, scientists think
The study has now expanded to five hospitals and is recruiting more patients.
The study, published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, found that a woman’s tumor disappeared after three months and that she was still free of it two years later.
Another got the cocktail injected into one of her tumors, but not two others. Only the injected tumor maintained a “partial response,” meaning it was at least 30 percent smaller after 12 months.
If the mixture has been proven to work in a higher number of breast cancers, it is hoped that it will work in other cancers treated with radiotherapy.
Hydrogen peroxide is a cheap chemical that in a medical setting can cause a type of programmed cell death called apoptosis that can help fight cancer.
A total course of treatment would cost less than £ 2,000.
Dr. Navita Somaiah, of the ICR and Marsden, said, “Hydrogen peroxide is as” cheap as chips “and our study shows it can be an extremely cost-effective way to boost treatment … We’ve seen some impressive results and I think it has the potential to slow disease progression by about two years. ‘