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2009-12-04 13:27:56

There was no substantial change in brain tumor incidence among adults 5 to 10 years after cell phone usage sharply increased, according to a new brief communication published online December 3 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Although cell phone use has been proposed as a risk factor for brain tumors, a biological mechanism to explain this association is not known. Isabelle Deltour, Ph.D., of the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society, in Copenhagen, and...

2009-12-02 18:49:35

Duke University Medical Center researchers have figured out how stem cells in the malignant brain cancer glioma may be better able to resist radiation therapy. And using a drug to block a particular signaling pathway in these cancer stem cells, they were able to kill many more glioma cells with radiation in a laboratory experiment. The work builds off earlier research which showed that cancer stem cells resist the effects of radiation much better than other cancer cells. The Duke team...

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2009-11-30 14:17:15

The University of Navarra Hospital has launched a series of clinical trials in order to assess the efficacy of an immunotherapy treatment. This approach involves the application of personalized vaccines "”produced from healthy and tumor cells from the patient him or herself"” and designed to combat glioblastomas, one of the most aggressive and frequent malignant tumors. The new therapy is administered to participating patients combined with the standard, first-line treatment...

2009-10-01 13:58:00

Chemotherapy alone is just as effective as radiation / New positive prognostic factor found Initial chemotherapy alone after surgery is just as successful as initial radiation therapy for patients from whom a very malignant brain tumor (anaplastic glioma) was removed. With this treatment, the patients survive on average > 30 months without a recurrence. A study conducted by the Neurooncology Working Group of the German Cancer Society led by researchers from Heidelberg and Zrich showed that...

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2009-08-26 02:05:00

Glioma, the type of brain tumor that afflicted Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., is the most prevalent type of adult brain tumor, U.S. surgeons said. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons said a brain tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue in which cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells. Kennedy suffered a seizure May 17, 2008, while walking his dogs at his home in Hyannis, Mass., and three days he was diagnosed with a...

2009-07-07 10:10:02

A U.S.- and British-led study has identified variations in five genes that raise a person's risk of developing common brain tumors called gliomas. The scientists, led by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Britain's Institute of Cancer Research, said the findings are the first glioma risk factors of any type identified in a large study. The researchers said the variations in each of the genes raise a person's glioma risk by 18 percent to 36 percent and the effects are...

2009-04-03 13:50:00

Gliomas are malignant brain tumors that arise from glial (supporting) cells of the brain. Gliomas are often resistant to chemotherapy. These tumors grow fine extensions that infiltrate normal brain tissue and, in addition, individual tumor cells can form satellites in surrounding tissue. Therefore, it is almost impossible to remove the tumor tissue completely by surgery.Yet, radical surgical removal of the tumor would substantially improve the prognosis of patients. Surgeons are confronted...

2009-01-22 13:08:00

Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute seeks to bridge translational gaps between cancer research and cutting-edge therapy to lower brain tumor death rates CHICAGO, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Primary brain tumors affect nearly 20,000 Americans each year -- and every year more than half die as a result. For young adults ages 30-39, brain tumors are the third-leading cause of death among men and the fifth-leading among women. Despite significant advances in cancer treatment, on average,...

2008-12-03 17:04:00

Patients who had aggressive surgeries were free of tumor recurrence an average of 15 years after diagnosis ROCHESTER, Minn., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Mayo Clinic study found that patients with low-grade gliomas survived longest when they underwent aggressive surgeries to successfully remove the entire tumor. If safely removing the entire tumor was not possible, patients survived significantly longer when surgery was followed by radiation therapy. This study is available...

2008-05-20 16:22:23

Senator Edward M. Kennedy was diagnosed with a type of brain tumor after he experienced a seizure Saturday morning and was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital. Doctors diagnosed Sen. Kennedy, 76, with a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe, a region of the brain involved in sensation (such as pain and touch), hearing, reasoning and memory. Gliomas are abnormal cell masses (tumors) that start in the brain or spinal cord tissue and can spread only within the nervous...


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