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February 21, 2017

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February 21, 2017

Research Will Shift How Cancer Diversity and Resistance Are Understood, Studied

Feb. 8, 2017 — Circular DNA, once thought to be rare in tumor cells, is actually very common and seems to play a fundamental role in tumor evolution, say ... read more

Why Doctors May Keep a Patient Awake for Brain Surgery

Feb. 3, 2017 — An article gives a rare look at brain surgery with the patient alert and awake. It's not routine to keep patients awake, but in this case, a small section of the tumor was in the area of the ... read more

Using Fruit Flies to Study Cancer: Scientists Investigate Childhood Tumors

Jan. 30, 2017 — A new report describes how a complex protein called Snr1, the homologue of human SMARCB1/hSNF5/INI1, acts as a tumor suppressor in an unconventional manner in fruit ... read more

Growing Tumors Put the Pressure on Nutrient-Supplying Blood Vessels

Jan. 26, 2017 — Mechanical pressure caused by cancer growth plays a key role in the development and distribution of blood vessels in tumors, according to a new ... read more

Cell of Origin Affects Malignancy and Drug Sensitivity of Brain Tumors

Jan. 24, 2017 — Glioblastoma is the most common form of primary brain tumor in adults and is essentially lethal. Presently, the development of more effective therapies is hampered by the large degree of tumor ... read more

Precision Medicine Advances Pediatric Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment

Jan. 19, 2017 — In the largest clinical study to date of genetic abnormalities in pediatric brain tumors, researchers performed clinical testing on more than 200 tumor samples and found that a majority had genetic ... read more

Compound Found That Could Improve Drug Development Against Deadly Brain Cancer

Jan. 17, 2017 — A 'potent inhibitory compound' has been found in the elusive hunt for an improved treatment against glioblastoma, the most common and deadly type of adult brain cancer. Aurintricarboxylic ... read more

First Cell Culture of Live Adult Human Neurons Shows Potential of Brain Cell Types

Jan. 17, 2017 — Studying brain disorders in people and developing drugs to treat them has been slowed by the inability to investigate single living cells from adult patients. In a first-of-its-kind study, ... read more

New Research Holds Promise for Personalized Lung Cancer Treatments

Jan. 12, 2017 — New research has uncovered distinct types of tumors within small cell lung cancer that look and act differently from one another. Scientists also identified a targeted drug combination that worked ... read more

Jan. 11, 2017 — Genetic tweaks to salmonella turn the bacteria into cancer-seeking missiles that produce self-destruct orders deep within tumors. Tests in rat models with extreme cases of the disease showed a ... read more

Suppressing a DNA-Repairing Protein in Brain Could Be Key to Treating Aggressive Tumors

Jan. 10, 2017 — Inhibiting a DNA-repairing protein in brain could be key to treating aggressive tumors, say ... read more

Immunotherapy, Gene Therapy Combination Shows Promise Against Glioblastoma

Jan. 4, 2017 — In a new study, gene therapy deployed with immune checkpoint inhibitors demonstrates potential benefit for devastating brain ... read more

Some Glioblastoma Patients Benefit from 'Ineffective' Treatment, Researchers Say

Dec. 22, 2016 — A subgroup of patients with a devastating brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme benefited from treatment with a class of chemotherapy drugs that two previous large clinical trials indicated was ... read more

Direct-to-Brain Chemo Better Than Systemic Drugs When Immunotherapy Is to Follow

Dec. 22, 2016 — In experiments on mice with a form of aggressive brain cancer, researchers have shown that localized chemotherapy delivered directly to the brain rather than given systemically may be the best way to ... read more

Dec. 19, 2016 — By interfacing brain cells onto graphene, researchers have shown they can differentiate a single hyperactive cancerous cell from a normal cell, pointing the way to developing a simple, noninvasive ... read more

Dec. 15, 2016 — Researchers have identified a biomarker enzyme associated with aggressive glioma brain tumors, and have revealed the regulatory mechanism for that enzyme. In a new study, they demonstrate potent ... read more

Agent of Mischief

Dec. 13, 2016 — Rhabdoid tumors are among the most recalcitrant childhood cancers, and scientists have long sought ways to understand what drives their resilience and makes them impervious to treatment. Now ... read more

Therapy Response in Brain Tumor Cells Is Linked to Disease Prognosis

Dec. 13, 2016 — The brain tumor form glioblastoma is difficult to treat and has very poor prognosis. In a new study, scientists show that a type of stem cell in the tumor is present in different states, with ... read more

Dec. 9, 2016 — Neurosurgeons have begun using a high-definition imaging device to see inside the brain during surgery, allowing them to map safer pathways to reach and remove tumors. The device, called Brightmatter ... read more

Researchers Find New Biomarker for Brain Cancer Prognosis

Dec. 6, 2016 — A new biomarker for glioma, a common type of brain cancer, has been found that can help doctors determine how aggressive a cancer is and that could eventually help determine the best course of ... read more

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