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[MOL] Why thalidomide may be making a comeback

Why thalidomide may be making a comeback
    [05/22/2000; Cable News Network]

If there was ever a drug in need of a public relations overhaul,
it's thalidomide. And now, thanks to recommendations aired this
weekend at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists,
the long-reviled pharmaceutical could be headed back into the
medical spotlight. Researchers testing thalidomide's efficacy
as a cancer-fighting agent have reaffirmed the drug's potency,
urging its continued use in conjunction with chemotherapy to
combat a wide range of cancers. While it's not clear exactly
how thalidomide works against cancer, scientists theorize the
drug may boost immune system functioning or attack cancerous
cells directly. 

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