At BTFC we hope that some day we will no longer be needed, that some day there will be a cure for brain cancer. We know that you care about the latest research and news. Here links to articles regarding research currently being done, as well as general news regarding the brain tumor community.
Many BTFC families struggle with a wide range of health insurance issues. The American Brain Tumor Association has a great summary on health insurance resources.
The FDA has endorsed a new device called a NovoTTF which can help fight glioblastoma multiforme. The device was developed in Israel and is available in Europe. It blasts the tumor with an electrical field and is showing promise for patients with recurrent GBM.
The University of Cincinnati has earmarked $6.5 Million to research metastatic brain cancer in a new collaborative program. This is thought to be the first program to study cancers that have spread to the brain from another part of the body. Scientists are studying why some cancers spread to the brain, while others do not.
Researchers at the University of Louisville are attempting to engineer the technology of implanted medical devices, such as chemotherapy ports, to prevent the patient’s body from rejecting the implant. The body sometimes forms a scar around the implanted device, thus decreasing its functionality. This technology will create a barrier between the device and the body which lessens the growth of any scar tissue.
A British study recently proved that the treatments for brain cancer, as well as other childhood cancers, can cause long-term educational deficits. It should not surprise any BTFC families that the study revealed the most significant educational deficits were found in patients who received cranial radiation.