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New medical study uses polio to fight terminal brain cancer

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From: foxnews.com The Food and Drug Administration has given so-called “breakthrough” status to a treatment that uses the once-feared polio virus to target aggressive forms of brain cancer, in the hope of speeding it to market. The therapy, developed at Duke University, hopes to use the virus’ debilitating properties to help fight cancer instead of harming its host, CBS News reported …

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Breakthrough cancer drug unlike anything else on the market

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rainli,By: Alicia Neaves From: kens5.com A new drug used right here in San Antonio could change the way we treat brain, kidney and liver cancer. Inventors are working to eliminate the side effects of chemotherapy, and make this new, breakthrough drug the first treatment a cancer patient will get. It’s called Mipsagargin. Right now, it’s finishing up phase 2 of …

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ANTIBODY TARGETS KEY CANCER MARKER; OPENS DOOR TO BETTER DIAGNOSIS, THERAPY

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University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have created a molecular structure that attaches to a molecule on highly aggressive brain cancer and causes tumors to light up in a scanning machine.  In mouse models of human brain cancer, their tag is easily seen in a PET scanner, which is commonly used to detect cancer. The study, reported in the journal PNAS the …

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UK to get first three proton beam therapy centres in cancer care milestone

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By: Rebecca Ratcliffe From: theguardian.com The UK is to get its first three proton beam therapy centres in what is being hailed as a cancer treatment milestone. The centres will open in Cardiff, London and Northumberland by 2017, with the first, in Cardiff, becoming operational next year. The announcement comes after the parents of brain cancer survivor Ashya King told …

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Tetanus Vaccine Boosts Cancer Vaccine in Fighting Brain Tumor

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By: Tara Haelle From: forbes.com It’s one of the oldest, most effective, and most familiar vaccines – and it just became another tool in our arsenal to fight cancer. In a small trial involving 12 patients, researchers recently used the tetanus vaccine – yes, the same vaccine you get when you end up in the ER after stepping on a …

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Research grants awarded to SA’s Cancer Therapy and Research Center

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By: Ursula Pari From: ksat.com The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas just gave a jump start to a number of researchers at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, including a $2 million grant for promising brain cancer radiation therapy. It uses nano-technology to help deliver large doses of tumor-shrinking radiation to the brain, without affected normal brain tissue …

Hype Around Marijuana As Treatment For Cancer Unwarranted

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By: Victoria Forster From: science20.com Cannabis has long been touted as containing chemicals that might work against cancer. A recent study suggested that two chemicals found in cannabis, the cannabinoids CBD and THC, could act on an aggressive brain tumor called glioma, where only 10% of people live for five years after diagnosis. The research found that THC and CBD, …

Personalized vaccines, next frontier in cancer treatment, to begin clinical trial

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By: Amy Ellis Nutt From: washingtonpost.com In one of the first trials of personalized vaccines for cancer, the European-funded Glioma Actively Personalized Vaccine Consortium (GAPVAC) is about to launch a Phase 1 clinical trial for patients with glioblastoma, the most aggressive of brain cancers. The goal of nearly all cancer treatments is honing in on antigens, the target structures on tumors, …

Cannabis extracts can ‘dramatically slow’ growth of brain cancer tumours

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By: Heather Saul From: independent.co.uk Cannabis extracts can help slow the growth of cancerous tumours when used alongside radiotherapy treatments, new research has suggested. Two active chemical components found in cannabis plants, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) were tested as part of research into the treatment of brain cancer tumours. This type of cancer is notoriously difficult to treat and …