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Researchers have reported that aspirin has broad anti-cancer activity against a number of malignancies. Now another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, diclofenac, has also demonstrated anti-cancer action.

Diclofenac is a prescription NSAID that has been sold under the brand names Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Zipsor and Zorvolex. Diclofenac is prescribed for a variety of painful conditions including arthritis, gout and migraine headaches. It is also used after surgery to help manage post-operative pain.

Diclofenac as a Cancer Fighter:

According to the ReDO project, which stands for Repurposing Drugs in Oncology, diclofenac may be helpful against colorectal cancer, neuroblastoma, fibrosarcoma and ovarian cancer. The data are from test tube and animal studies.

Clinical trials are needed to confirm these benefits; four studies are currently in progress. Doubtless others will be needed as well. One of the advantages of studying drugs that are already available is that the side effect profile is fairly well known and the drugs in their generic versions are not expensive.

eCancer, online, Jan. 11, 2016

If you are interested in learning more about how existing drugs could be beneficial in treating cancer, whether as the primary anti-cancer agent or as an addition to the treatment, you may wish to listen to our one-hour interview with Vikas and Vidula Sukhatme on this topic.

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  1. rick

    Seeing that diclofenac wiped out the majority of buzzards in Indian its best to decline. This drug was given to livestock and when the cows died the vultures ate the cows and the and the vultures died! Since when will an NSAID fight cancer and how, everyone knows that these drugs create lesions in DNA and in all likelihood form cancerous adducts at the same time!

  2. Lou
    San Antonio

    I can attest to diclofenac, as Voltaren Gel is very helpful in treating osteoarthritis. As I’ve had Psioriatic Arthritis for many years and it and the psoriasis associated with it, have been in remission since I began injecting Humira 5 years ago. However, Humira doesn’t help with my osteoarthritis, so I rub Voltaren Gel into my sore fingers , and even my thigh that has bursitis. I don’t know how much help one gets from taking diclofenac as a pill, but it certainly relieves my arthritis pain, not totally, but to the extant I barely feel any pain.

  3. maggi
    tampa, fl

    I was taking diclofenac and my new doctor told me that it was not a good idea because it is like other NSAIDs and would damage my veins and arteries over time just like motrin, advil and the like. I have turned to turmeric and have seen excellent results.

  4. Anne

    How many clinical trials? I’m tired of all the hype without any real testing. The minute scientists come up with a possibility it gets published. Wait awhile, and eventually another study will decide it’s without merit.

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