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Repurposing Drugs in Oncology (ReDO)-cimetidine as an Anti-Cancer Agent


Repurposing Drugs in Oncology (ReDO)-cimetidine as an Anti-Cancer Agent

Pan Pantziarka et al. Ecancermedicalscience.


Cimetidine, the first H2 receptor antagonist in widespread clinical use, has anti-cancer properties that have been elucidated in a broad range of pre-clinical and clinical studies for a number of different cancer types. These data are summarised and discussed in relation to a number of distinct mechanisms of action. Based on the evidence presented, it is proposed that cimetidine would synergise with a range of other drugs, including existing chemotherapeutics, and that further exploration of the potential of cimetidine as an anti-cancer therapeutic is warranted. Furthermore, there is compelling evidence that cimetidine administration during the peri-operative period may provide a survival benefit in some cancers. A number of possible combinations with other drugs are discussed in the supplementary material accompanying this paper.

Keywords: ReDO project; cimetidine; drug repurposing; immunostimulant.

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