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  1. FDA Panel Backs Device to Treat Brain Tumors

    March 17, 2011 -- An expert panel has advised the FDA to approve a new kind of device to treat recurrent glioblastoma, an aggressive and highly fatal kind of brain tumor. The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory panels, though it commonly does. The NovoTTF-100A System (N

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  2. Genetic Defect at Work in Deadly Brain Tumors

    Dec. 22, 2010 -- Scientists say they’ve discovered a genetic defect that may contribute to the development of as many as one in four cases of glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive type of brain tumor. The defect, a deletion in a gene known as NFKBIA, prevents cells from making enough of a pro

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  3. Many Patients with Incurable Brain Tumors Seek Complementary Therapies

    Dec. 14, 2010 -- Many people diagnosed with incurable brain tumors turn to complementary therapies to slow the growth of their cancer or relieve side effects like fatigue and depression, new research shows. The study, published in the Dec. 14 issue of the journal Neurology, included completed questi

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  4. Coffee, Tea Linked to Lower Brain Cancer Risk

    Oct. 22, 2010 -- Drinking about a half cup or more of coffee or tea per day is associated with a 34% reduction in the risk for glioma, a type of brain tumor, researchers report. Researchers led by Dominique Michaud, DSc, an investigator at Brown University, and colleagues analyzed data from the Euro

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  5. Vaccine May Help Treat Brain Cancer

    Oct. 4, 2010 -- A new vaccine for a deadly brain cancer known as glioblastoma doubled the survival time of patients, researchers from Duke University report. Unlike other vaccines given to prevent disease, ''this vaccine is given when patients get the cancer," says researcher John Sampson, MD, PhD,

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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