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Radiation therapy which is frequently used to treat cancer can irreversibly damage gut cells by killing them. Earlier studies have found that prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) can prevent cell death in mice who receive radiation treatment. A new study at the Washington University School of Medicine investigated how PGE2 prevented cell death. It was found that PGE2 as well as other drugs that increase AKP could reduce gut injury during radiation therapy. Researchers also discovered that cancers with certain mutations may be resistant to radiation therapy.
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About: Researchers discover how radiation causes gut damage
Date: 2 December 2004
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