Botox injections used for wrinkle removing could cut the growth of cancer tumors and make them more vulnerable to chemotherapy, new research suggests.
Animal tests indicated that the toxin used in Botox disrupts nerve activities which play significant role in helping fuel cancer growth. A team of international scientists of Columbia University Medical Centre, in New York, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim investigated the association of nerve functions and cancer growth. They could unveil a link between cutting the nerve or using the toxin Botox and tumors in the digestive system, in particular stomach cancer, according to the study report published in Science Translational Medicine. Study on mice revealed the toxin Botox averted the growth of tumors and even made them more responsive to chemotherapy.