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NSAIDs can boost stem cells for transplants for cancer patients

  • Posted: March 18, 2013

Scientists say that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be a boon to doctors gathering stem cells for transplants to treat patients with blood or bone marrow cancers, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. The compounds, known as NSAIDs and which include aspirin, ibuprofen and other painkillers, increased the number of stem and progenitor cells harvested from the blood in animal testing and a small human study, according to work published online in the journal Nature by a research team led by scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine (home to the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center).

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