Advancement in Treating Chronic Pain

Advancement in Treating Chronic Pain

A recent study out of the University of Calgary “reveals a potential new way to treat chronic pain using anti-cancer drugs rather than opioid-based pain medication.” The researchers analyzed “genes important in the transmission of pain information to the brain” and they discovered a “molecule in the nervous system that enhances sensitivity to pain.” This molecule was originally believed to play a role in cancer growth. Because of this discovery, there is a possibility that an existing anti-cancer drug may work in blocking pain. Dr. Christophe Altier explains that “The most exciting part of this discovery is we don’t need to develop a new drug, we can just use the one already approved in the treatment of cancer and repurpose it to treat pain.”


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