(CBS News) – Does hope for cancer treatment lie in new drugs? Not necessarily, as new research shows that a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, metformin, may help fight cancer.
The drug helps diabetes patients keep their blood sugar in check and makes them more sensitive to insulin. But several new studies examined the effect of metformin on cancerous tumors, based on previous findings that metformin increases the activity of an enzyme involved in tumor suppression.READ MORE: Swarm Of Bees Attacks Migrant Family That Crossed Rio Grande Into Texas
The latest findings were presented this month in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting in Chicago.READ MORE: Military Plane Crashes In Residential Area, 2 Pilots Injured, 3 Homes Hit
Researchers studied the effect of metformin on patients affected with a variety of cancers, including melanoma, pancreatic, lung, and prostate cancer. The studies found metformin inhibits the growth of most tumor cells.Rowlett Restaurant Owner Explains No-Mask Policy After Asking Family To Leave
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