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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. 

The full article can be found at:

http://www.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/05/22/thalidomide5_22.a.tm/index.html
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