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  1. Vastly Better Odds for Kids With Deadly Cancer

    Sept. 29, 2010 -- An aggressive new treatment offers new hope to kids with high-risk neuroblastoma, while kids at somewhat lower risk benefit from less intense therapy. The findings come from two breakthrough studies that already are changing treatment for children with this deadly cancer. The first

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  2. Jean Smart Takes a Leading Role in Battling Brain Cancer

    Jean Smart is used to changing roles. The blond beauty first made audiences laugh as Charlene Stillfield on CBS's Designing Women sitcom, won two Emmy Awards as Lana Gardner on NBC's Frasier, and took home a third for her role on ABC's comedic hit Samantha Who? in 2007. She also made a splash as the

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  3. Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: No Connection?

    Dec. 3, 2009 -- Scientists say they could find no substantial change in the incidence trend of brain tumors among a study group of 60,000 people five to 10 years after cell phone usage rose sharply in the countries where they lived. Cell phones have been mentioned for years as possible causes of bra

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  4. Sen. Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer

    Aug. 26, 2009 -- Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy died late last night at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., of brain cancer at age 77. Kennedy had a malignant glioma, a type of brain cancer. A glioma is a brain tumor that begins in glial cells, which are cells that surround and support nerve cells.

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  5. Brain Tumors: New Gene Clues

    July 15, 2009 -- Scientists have identified a network of up to 31 genes linked to brain tumors called gliomas, including one that may be a target for new treatments. Those discoveries are featured in two new studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. In the first study, sc

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  6. FDA OKs Avastin for Glioblastoma

    May 6, 2009 -- The FDA has approved the drug Avastin to treat a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma that progresses despite treatment with other therapies. Genentech, the company that makes Avastin, announced the FDA's approval, calling Avastin the first new treatment for glioblastoma in more t

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  7. Marijuana Chemical May Fight Brain Cancer

    April 1, 2009 -- The active chemical in marijuana promotes the death of brain cancer cells by essentially helping them feed upon themselves, researchers in Spain report. Guillermo Velasco and colleagues at Complutense University in Spain have found that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cause

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  8. Sen. Ted Kennedy Suffers Seizure

    Jan. 20, 2009 -- Sen. Ted Kennedy, who began treatment last year for brain cancer, was hospitalized after he had a seizure today at an inaugural luncheon in Washington, D.C. Paramedics called to the scene transported him to Washington Hospital Center, where he was said to be alert and doing well. "S

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  9. Kennedy's Options for Treating Brain Cancer

    June 3, 2008 (Chicago) -- After Sen. Edward Kennedy recuperates from surgery for brain cancer at Duke University Medical Center he will begin targeted radiation and chemotherapy. Kennedy, 76, has a type of brain tumor called a malignant glioma. The standard treatment for glioblastoma, the most commo

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  10. Sen. Ted Kennedy Out of Brain Surgery

    June 2, 2008 -- Sen. Edward Kennedy's brain surgery, done this morning at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. to treat Kennedy's brain cancer, was "successful," Kennedy's doctor says. Here is the statement from Duke neurosurgeon Allan Friedman, MD: "I am pleased to report that Senator Ken

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