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More advances in treating brain cancer June 10, 2008

Posted by truthspew in cancer research, medicine.
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Brain cancer, particularly glioblastoma multiforme (GM) is in the news again, this time Senator Kennedy is its latest victim. You may recall before that I found out about a vaccine that helped to prevent GM.

And now there’s more news. It appears that cancers have stem cells that live near blood vessels in order to gather an energy supply. They’ve now found that preventing the formation of new blood vessels may in fact starve many cancers, including brain cancers. Anti-angiogenesis drugs have been around for a while, but this is the first time they’ve been used in the treatment of brain cancers.