Diabetes Drugs Could Cure Cancer

1/3/12

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Drugs for type 2 diabetes have the potential to become effective therapies for certain types of cancers. Tumor cells have increased energy needs, and starving them of their natural energy sources, impairing their ability to generate energy from glucose, or altering their metabolics, could successfully stop cancer cells from growing. The key will be to determine which tumor types are most sensitive to metabolic and energy imbalances.

N. Anthony Coles is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of its board of directors of Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Follow @

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