$10 drug may prevent melanoma recurrence

Italian researchers took a punt on a beta blocker

Beta blockers may be a cheap and effective treatment for melanoma, according to a pilot study that found they reduced recurrence by 80%.

melanoma removed

Italian dermatologists had a hunch that the antiangiogenic properties of propranolol used to treat infant haemangiomas might also be of benefit in managing melanoma.

Their instincts were proved right in a trial of 53 patients with stage IB to IIIA melanoma, of whom 19 took propranolol 80mg daily as adjunctive treatment.

After three years, disease recurrence was found in 16% of propranolol-treated patients compared with 41%