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Source: Ivanhoe.com

Date: 03/20/06

Headline: Electrical stimulation may improve cancer treatment

Could cancer cells be shocked into accepting drugs aimed at killing them?

It's possible, report Cleveland Clinic researchers who used electrical stimulation to induce cancer cells resistant to a standard chemotherapy drug to take up the medication.

The laboratory study was carried out using samples of both rat and human tumor cells that were over-expressing a certain protein that was making them fight off the chemotherapy drug, Doxorubicin. Researchers exposed the samples to low intensity alternating current pulses every ten seconds over a three day period.

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