Category Archives: Cancer: Brain

Randomness of metastasis revealed by physicists

The spreading of a cancerous tumour from one part of the body to another may occur through pure chance instead of key genetic mutations, a new study has shown. Physicists from the University of Dundee and Arizona State University have … Continue reading

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Brain cancer vaccine possible?

Astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas are subtypes of a brain cancer called ‘glioma’. These incurable brain tumors arise from glial cells, a type of support cell found in the central nervous system. “Low-grade gliomas”, which grow comparatively slowly, spread in a diffuse … Continue reading

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Human brain tumor cells erased in mice at Hopkins

Working with mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that weeks of treatment with a repurposed FDA-approved drug halted the growth of — and ultimately left no detectable trace of — brain tumor cells taken from adult human patients. The scientists … Continue reading

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Brain cancer survival improved following FDA approval of bevacizumab, Mayo study finds

A new population-based study has found that patients with glioblastoma who died in 2010, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of bevacizumab, had lived significantly longer than patients who died of the disease in 2008, prior to the … Continue reading

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New treatment option for brain metastases associated with lung cancer

Lung cancer is the world’s most common cause of death from cancer. In Austria, around 4,000 people develop this type of cancer every year. One particular problem is the development of brain metastases in association with the lung tumour. Until … Continue reading

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Brain cancer could be fought with Avastin, dasatinib

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The drug bevacizumab, also known by the trade name Avastin, shrinks tumors briefly in patients with an aggressive brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme, but then they often grow again and spread throughout the brain for reasons … Continue reading

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CyberKnife radiotherapy cancer treatment may cause secondary tumors, says study

Radiation-induced glioma following CyberKnife(R) treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma: a case report Malak Abedalthagafi and Ahmad Bakhshwin Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:271 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-271 Published: 3 September 2012 Abstract (provisional) Introduction Post-stereotactic radiation-induced neoplasms, although relatively rare, have … Continue reading

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Why allergies may lower brain tumor risk

New research adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that there’s a link between allergies and reduced risk of a serious type of cancer that starts in the brain. This study suggests the reduced risk is stronger among women … Continue reading

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Childhood CT scans linked to leukemia and brain cancer later in life, says NIH

Children and young adults scanned multiple times by computed tomography (CT), a commonly used diagnostic tool, have a small increased risk of leukemia and brain tumors in the decade following their first scan. These findings are from a study of … Continue reading

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Brain tumor cells that are drug resistant: a new potential treatment

New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison explains why the incurable brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is highly resistant to current chemotherapies. The study, from the brain-tumor research lab of Dr. John Kuo, assistant professor of neurological surgery and human … Continue reading

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Why chemo fails

The fight against cancer is not won in a single battle: Long after a cancer has been beaten into remission, it can return. The reason for this is under debate, and much is unclear. New research led by Weizmann Institute … Continue reading

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Frequent dental X-rays linked to most common brain tumor

People who received frequent dental x-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumor in the United States. That is the finding of a study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed … Continue reading

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Oligodendroglioma treatment aided by addition of chemo to radiation

A clinical trial has shown that addition of chemotherapy to radiation therapy leads to a near doubling of median survival time in patients with a form of brain tumor (oligodendroglioma) that carries a chromosomal abnormality called the 1p19q co-deletion. This … Continue reading

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Cell-phone cancer may be a myth, according to new study

The incidence of glioma – the most common form of brain tumour – is not increasing in the Nordic countries, contradicting the claim that mobile phone use is a cause of the disease. This according to a new study from … Continue reading

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Cancer diagnostic test that may extend survival is cost effective: J Natl Cancer Inst

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pathwork Diagnostics, Inc., a pioneer in creating genomics-based diagnostics in oncology utilizing their proprietary informatics platform, announced today that results from a study involving its Pathwork® Tissue of Origin Test will be presented this week at the … Continue reading

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