[MOL] Magnets May help in chemotherapy,... [02226] Medicine On Line

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Tuesday, March 28, 2000
Magnets May Help in Chemotherapy

      Cancer therapy in the future may include doctors placing a magnet over the tumor.
      Physicians at the University of California at Los Angeles have found placing large magnets about the size of a soup can over a tumor can increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy. What do magnets have to do with chemotherapy? The magnets help draw the drugs to the specific area where the tumor is located, and keep the chemotherapy from drifting into the bloodstream and causing side effects, such as nausea and hair loss.
      Lead researcher Dr. Scott Goodwin tested the magnet therapy on 14 liver cancer patients. One patient experienced more than 50 percent reduction in tumor size; two patients experienced similar but less dramatic effects; the disease stabilized for five patients, meaning it stopped progressing; and six patients experienced a progression in their cancer. Some patients suffered fever and pain during the magnet treatment.
      The findings, Dr. Goodwin says, warrant additional research about the benefits of magnets in cancer treatment. Magnets have primarily been used to treat pain in non-life threatening conditions, and have shown some success.
      This report was presented Monday at the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology annual meeting in San Diego.
--By Katrina Woznicki

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