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Breast milk chemical dissolves tumours so cancer patients can pass them in urine, trial shows

• by Sarah Knapton

Alpha1H usually helps in the production of lactose - the nutritious milk sugar produced by mothers which is essential for development in babies. 

But scientists have discovered that it can also morph into a different form which can kill tumours, and hope that it could cure patients. 

First results from an early trial involving 40 patients with hard-to-treat bladder cancer found all 20 who were given the drug rather than placebo, in six infusions over 22 days, excreted whole tumour fragments in their urine.