The good news is that many physicians prescribe Prozac for cancer patients anyway as depression relief. I can understand this by all means as anyone receiving that diagnosis, would immediately feel depressed by all means, a diagnosis nobody wants to hear.
The article states more studies are needed, but this sounds encouraging for an additional benefit for cancer victims with enhancing the efficiency of other cancer drugs being used for treatment. BD
“In their laboratory experiments, the Tel Aviv University scientists led by graduate student Mirit Argov together with Prof. Rimona Margalit, found that Prozac enhanced doxorubicin's efficacy more than 1,000%. Prozac, in effect, worked to block the cancer drug from leaving the interior of the cancer cell and poisoning the healthy non-cancerous cells that surrounded it.”
Prozac is regularly prescribed to ease the emotional pain of patients who are being treated for cancer. But can this common anti-depressant help to fight cancer itself?
Dr. Dan Peer of the Department of Cell Research and Immunology at Tel Aviv University is proving that it can. A study he and his colleagues recently completed validates that Prozac (chemical name fluoxetine) dramatically enhances the effectiveness of a widely used anti-cancer drug.
"The good news is that the medical community won't have to wait — Prozac can be used for this purpose right away," says Dr. Peer, noting that doctors in the U.S. already prescribe it to treat depression in chemotherapy patients.