New research suggests the drug may contribute to the spread of tumors in cancer patients.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – New research proposes that morphine may contribute to the spread of tumors in cancer patients. As reported by HealthDay News, two new studies have found that opiate painkillers like the widely administered drug can promote cancer cell growth and have an inhibiting effect on the immune system.
Patrick A. Singleton, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and study lead author, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings in a news release, “If confirmed clinically, this could change how we do surgical anesthesia for our cancer patients. It also suggests potential new applications for this novel class of drugs which should be explored.”
As noted by HealthDay News, information about the studies was presented this week at a global cancer conference in Boston.
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