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Dose of extra oxygen revs up cancer-fighting immune cells

Lung and breast tumors in mice shrank with treatment, study shows

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2:00pm, March 4, 2015

Boosting oxygen in the air helped mice with cancer battle lung and breast tumors.

Normal air contains 21 percent oxygen. Raising oxygen concentrations to 60 percent energized immune cells to shrink tumors in mice, researchers report in the March 4 Science Translational Medicine. About 40 percent of cancer-ridden mice put in an oxygen-rich environment survived 60 days or more. In contrast, mice that breathed normal air after getting an injection of lung-cancer cells died within about 30 days, say Stephen Hatfield of Northeastern University in Boston and colleagues.

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