Cell Zapping – Can it Help Brain Tumors Diminish?

Cancer Cells

Many brain tumors, particularly the aggressive and malignant Glioblastoma, are treated with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy medication.  Complete surgical removal of glioblastoma is almost impossible because tumor cells invade the surrounding brain.  Chemotherapy and radiation can have limitations as well in terms of tumor resistance. Hence while the tumor might…

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Brain Tumors and Solid Stress

How does solid stress from brain tumors damage healthy tissue?

Solid stress on the brain due to tumors was recently studied.  Solid stress refers to the physical pressure and strength utilized by the tumor.  The Massachusetts General Hospital-led research revealed that some brain tumors can increase solid stress, especially with larger, solid tissue tumors through their research titled, “How does…

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New Hope for Patients with Brain Cancer – Dye that guides surgeons and facilitates the view of cancer cells during brain surgery

5-ALA in a brain tumor used in the UK

The FDA recently approved a dye that can accumulate in cancer cells and make them glow during brain surgery.  This is a major advance especially for aggressive brain cancers called gliomas.  Glioblastoma is the most aggressive and lethal glioma. Aggressive surgical removal of the tumor followed by chemotherapy and radiation…

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An Innovative and Promising Treatment for Cancer?

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to scientists who pioneered an innovative approach to cancer treatment that enhances the ability of the immune system to attack and destroy cancer cells – Immunotherapy.  Two scientists, James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo, were awarded “for their discovery of…

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