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  • Posted: 09/27/2013
NCI Cancer Center news

FDA-approved antidepressant may combat deadly form of lung cancer, study finds

A little-used class of antidepressants appears potentially effective in combating a particularly deadly form of lung cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine (home of the Stanford Cancer Institute).  And because the drugs have already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in humans, the researchers have been able to quickly launch a clinical trial to test their theory in patients.

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