Drugs used to treat blood cholesterol can be used to treat prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormone therapy, researchers have found, reports Sky News.
Researchers at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Center in Glasgow followed 12 participants in a clinical trial.
The results showed that statins slowed tumor growth when taken concurrently with a hormone-reducing treatment known as androgen deprivation therapy, although a much larger study is needed to decide on clinical efficacy.
Study leader Professor Hing Leung of the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow said the study is the first of its kind to show that statins have a marked effect on prostate cancer growth in patients.
If larger trials are successful, the approved drugs could be used to quickly provide patients with treatment.