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Researchers find potential new treatment target for deadly brain cancer

A key player in brain tumor formation has been found that may lead to new therapies for a deadly and incurable cancer. The study is the first to show that a protein called OSMR (Oncostatin M Receptor) is required for glioblastoma tumours to form. Glioblastoma is one of the most deadly cancers, resistant to radiation, chemotherapy and difficult to remove with surgery.

Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth

A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor in adults. Show More Summary

Recycling an anti-hypertensive agent to fight brain tumors

Treatments available for glioblastoma -- malignant brain tumors -- have little effect. An international collaboration tested active ingredients from existing medications and eventually identified one compound of interest, prazosin, on these tumors. Show More Summary

Former Syracuse Great Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington Dies at 52

Former Syracuse great Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington passed away at 52. Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer and received surgery in the fall. Washington grew up in Brooklyn, New York where he first received his nickname “The Pearl” for his skills on the court. Show More Summary

Baby Boy is Born After Doctors Keep Brain-Dead Pregnant Mother Alive to Give Birth

A miracle baby boy recently headed home from the hospital in a bittersweet moment for his family. In the fall of 2015, the baby boy’s 41-year-old mother developed an incurable brain tumor and later was declared brain dead at a Polish hospital, according to the BBC. However, because she was 17 weeks pregnant, she was […]

Pearl Washington was the most important Syracuse player ever

Syracuse basketball legend Dwayne “Pearl” Washington finally succumbed in his battle with a brain tumor after fighting for almost a year. It was an eventuality that was expected, but that doesn’t make it any less sad. The face of the...Show More Summary

Syracuse great Pearl Washington dies at 52

The point guard was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and had surgery last year.        

Former Syracuse great Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington dies

Washington, 52, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer and had surgery in the fall.        

Syracuse basketball legend Pearl Washington dies at age 52

Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, one of the most legendary basketball players in Syracuse University history, died on Wednesday at age 52, the school announced. Washington was diagnosed last summer with a brain tumor and has undergone various treatments since the detection … Continued

Dwayne Washington, Former Syracuse Basketball Player, Dies at 52

Former standout Syracuse basketball player Dwayne Washington has died after being diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer. He was 52. Syracuse's official athletics site confirmed the news through his family. Washington, who was affectionately...Show More Summary

Laser Sensor to Differentiate Tumors and Healthy Tissue During Surgery

Knowing the boundary of a tumor, particularly around important anatomy as in the brain, is critical to successful surgical extractions. Tumors in situ typically look just like healthy tissue, so during surgery small samples are sent to the path lab for frozen section, where pathologists stain them and analyze under a microscope. Show More Summary

Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon Brigid Alverson has a nice write-up about the GoFundMe campaign to provide assistance to Caanan Grall and his family. Grall is the creator of the webcomics Max Overacts. He has a brain tumor. I hope that you'll readShow More Summary

Shining light on brain tumors

When operating on cancer, surgeons want to remove tumors and not healthy tissue. This is especially important and challenging when dealing with brain tumors, which are often spread out and mixed in with the healthy tissue. Researchers...Show More Summary

AACR: Results from clinical trial of personalized cellular therapy in brain tumors

PHILADELPHIA-- Immune cells engineered to seek out and attack a type of deadly brain cancer known as glioblastoma (GBM) were found to have an acceptable safety profile and successfully migrate to and infiltrate tumors, researchers from Penn Medicine and Harvard University reported at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016 (Abstract LB-083). read more

A Chicago man's wish: 'I pray to God that He takes me soon'

I just want to die in peace. Don't get me wrong. I love life. I want to continue my career as a professional chef. I want to swim in the ocean, take family cruises and eventually get married, but a brain tumor is ending my life slowly and painfully. I simply want the option to die without suffering....

Low-grade brain tumors: Radiation plus chemotherapy is best treatment, trial suggests

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New clinical-trial findings show that patients with a low-grade form of brain cancer who are treated with radiation plus a combination of chemotherapy drugs have better survival than patients treated with radiation alone. read more

Lower-carb diet slows growth of aggressive brain tumor in mouse models

Researchers have slowed a notoriously aggressive type of brain tumor in mouse models by using a low-carbohydrate diet. Glioblastoma, the most common brain tumor in adults, has no effective long-term treatment and on average, patients live for 12 to 15 months after diagnosis.

Lower-carb diet slows growth of aggressive brain tumor in mouse models

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- University of Florida Health researchers have slowed a notoriously aggressive type of brain tumor in mouse models by using a low-carbohydrate diet. A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that included a coconut oil derivative...Show More Summary

Smart scalpel knows the difference between healthy and tumorous tissue

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

For a brain surgeon, telling tumorous tissue from healthy tissue can be tricky business in the middle of a procedure, with potentially disastrous repercussions if mistakes are made. Looking to give these doctors a helping hand, scientists...Show More Summary

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