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Could Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Fight Cancer?

Could Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Fight Cancer? Medications used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) might eventually have another purpose – fighting cancer.

After reviewing medical research, scientists believe that the drugs sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), and tadalafil (Cialis) should be studied further in clinical trials related to cancer.

In an April 2018 study published by ecancermedicalscience, the researchers reported that ED drugs may have cancer-fighting properties that could help the immune system. They might also be able to strengthen other cancer treatments if given at the same time.

The drugs are classified as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. The researchers suggested that these medications could be helpful for patients with pancreatic cancer, melanoma (a form of skin cancer), and glioblastoma (cancer that affects the brain or spinal cord).

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