Google+ Safe Radiotherapy | Archive | Brain Cancer

Brain Cancer

Zika Virus Could Actually Be Turned Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

Zika Virus Could Actually Be Turned Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

News on the emergence of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in recent years has been full of heart-breaking images of infants born with a confronting neurological disorder caused by the pathogen’s effects on certain stem cells. Now researchers are proposing a daring use for the virus’s talent for destroying these kinds of brain tissues; to turn […]

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest the […]

Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

Zika virus used to treat aggressive brain cancer

A harmful virus that can cause devastating brain damage in babies could offer up a surprising new treatment for adult brain cancer, according to US scientists. Until now, Zika has been seen only as a global health threat – not a remedy. But latest research shows the virus can selectively infect and kill hard-to-treat cancerous […]

Molecules That May Help Prevent Brain Tumor Development Identified

Molecules That May Help Prevent Brain Tumor Development Identified

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth’s Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence have identified molecules which are responsible for metastatic lung cancer cells binding to blood vessels in the brain. In order for a cancer cell to enter the brain, it must first bind to the cells which line the structure separating the blood from […]

A Unique Amino Acid for Brain Cancer Therapy

A Unique Amino Acid for Brain Cancer Therapy

Photodynamic therapy is often used to treat brain tumors because of its specificity — it can target very small regions containing cancerous cells while sparing the normal cells around it from damage. It works by injecting a drug called a photosensitizer into the bloodstream, where it gathers in cells, and then exposing the drug-filled cells […]

New target found to attack an incurable brain tumor in children

New target found to attack an incurable brain tumor in children

A study published in Molecular Cancer Research reveals that a tumor suppressor gene p16 is turned off by a histone mutation (H3.3K27M), which is found in up to 70 percent of childhood brain tumors called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). This insight suggests that restoring p16 is a promising therapeutic strategy. The authors have demonstrated […]

Brain cancer discovery reveals clues in quest for new therapies

Brain cancer discovery reveals clues in quest for new therapies

Researchers have pinpointed two key molecules that drive the growth of an aggressive type of adult brain cancer. The findings shed light on the mechanisms that underpin brain cancer progression and could eventually reveal targets for the development of much-needed therapies, researchers say. Scientists conducted lab tests on tumour cells from patients with glioblastoma, a […]