Supplemental oxygen may increase cancer survival rates

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
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There may be a new way to increase cancer survival rates and it has to do with the air you breathe.

A new study from Northeastern University found having a patient inhale supplemental oxygen can wake up a person's sleepy anti-tumor cells.

Scientists say those cells can shrink tumors and help send cancer into remission.

The treatment worked in mice and researchers say the next step is to test it on people.