In Marburg, a woman who was seriously ill with Covid-19 was injected with an anti-cancer drug – and it worked.
One suffered badly in Marburg Covid-19 65-year-old suffered from severe lung failure. The patient had to be artificially ventilated 3 hours after being admitted to the hospital. Other organs threatened to fail. The doctors decided to give her a drug that would otherwise be used against cancer: the active ingredient ruxolitinib. That reports among others the Philipps University of Marburg.
According to the Cancer medicine professor Dr. Andreas Neubauer, the remedy had an effect: the condition of the woman stabilized, breathing and heart function improved rapidly. From the 10th day in the hospital, she was gradually weaned off the ventilator. Tests showed that it was Coronavirus spread comparatively little with her through the cancer drug.
How the cancer drug helps
But why could the cancer drug help Covid-19 help? In people with severe and often fatal Covid-19- There is a so-called cytokine storm. This means that the body releases huge amounts of messenger substances in a kind of overreaction that stimulates the immune system.
However, this flood of messenger substances also damages the body’s own tissue, which makes it easier for coronaviruses to spread. The cancer drug inhibits certain enzymes that are involved in excessive immune reactions.
It can prevent life-threatening consequences of the coronavirus
The remedy mainly helps by preventing the life-threatening consequences of the coronavirus infection. Others too COVID-19 patient has already been able to help the drug. Anyone who received the drug for more than a week recovered.
The cancer medicine could help in cases where the infection takes such a life-threatening course. The use of the cancer drug in the event of impending lung failure by Covid-19 is now to be investigated in clinical studies.