Statins Make Radiation More Effective at Curing Prostate Cancer, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2011) — Men with high-risk prostate cancer who take statin drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol while receiving radiation therapy are less likely to have their cancer return than patients who do not take these medications, according to a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics, an official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
Statins are a class of cholesterol lowering medicines that have been shown to prevent many diseases including heart disease.
There have been studies that show a benefit in prostate cancer prevention and recurrence rates.
A friend of mine, and in my opinion the world’s leading authority on clinical applications of supplements and medicines for prostate cancer prevention, Dr. Mark Moyad, is in the process at looking at statins in patients on active surveillance for prostate cancer to see if it will slow the progression of disease in these patients.