Placing terminal cancer patients into hibernation could mitigate effects of radiotherapy, study claims

Terminal cancer patients could be treated more successfully and even cured by being placed into hibernation, a leading expert claims. Scientists have found that allowing the body to enter a state of torpor significantly protects it against the toxic effects of radiotherapy. However, Professor Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, warned: “The effects of a technique like induced hibernation on cancers are hard to predict: they might help or hinder the treatments we use. We will need to see some careful experiments in laboratory models before we can say whether this would be safe or effective for people”.
The Telegraph