M. D. Anderson Cancer
Center Makes Advances in Treatment of Gloioblastoma Brain Tumors
Including Drugs and Proton Therapy
May 9th 2006
There are some promising new treatments for glioblastoma, the most
common and deadly of brain tumors, according to the M.D. Anderson Cancer
Center in Texas. The researchers at the University of Texas M. D.
Anderson Cancer Center believe they are poised on the brink of a new
era, and that glioblastoma is finally giving up some secrets.
The report says that the researchers have found a new chemotherapy drug
that works best in patients who have no expression of a specific genetic
alteration. The researchers are investigating 20,000 genes and proteins
that may play a role in brain tumor development.
Another amazing development includes a vaccine that tricks the immune
system into attacking a protein found on glioblastoma cells. They have
designed a virus to spread rapidly through the extended fingers of the
brain tumor, killing the cancer while leaving the normal tissue in tact.
They plan to open a clinical trial soon on this vaccine.