This is a very good article: The Improvisational Oncologist, in the New York Times:
I'm wondering about this section where it says that cancer cells depend on cholesterol and high dosages of Lipitor could be effective." Insurance will not pay for “off-label” uses of medicines: It isn’t easy to convince an insurance company that you intend to use Lipitor to treat a woman with pre-leukemia — not because she has high cholesterol but because the cancer cells depend on cholesterol metabolism for their growth (in one study of a leukemia subtype, the increasing cells were highly dependent on cholesterol, suggesting that high doses of Lipitor-like drugs might be an effective treatment)." Has anyone heard of this. I will be asking my oncologist in July when I go for my yearly blood test. I'm still on watch and wait.
(Thanks for posting this - I had this on my review list for a possible post.
I've moved the link to the article into the body of your post for ease of reference by others and replaced it with a title. The NYT article is by Dr Sid Mukherjee, much respected for his excellent book 'The Emperor of all Maladies" about cancer through the ages - including how central the role was of the study of leukaemias in helping us understand how cancers developed and hence how we could tackle them with chemotherapy. Dr Sharman introduces this article in his latest blog: cll-nhl.com/2016/05/the-imp...