Selected Advances in Research for Brain and Central Nervous System Cancers: The latest information from the National Cancer Institute as of 3/22/2013.
A large-scale study revealed an association between a gene mutation and abnormal telomeres in Central Nervous System tumors; understanding the mechanism that generates abnormal telomeres could reveal new therapeutic targets. Published June 2011. [PubMed Abstract]
Researchers uncovered the detailed underpinnings of a signaling pathway that appears to be important for glioma formation. Published October 2011. [PubMed Abstract]
Researchers identified a genetic abnormality that predicts which patients with oligodendroglioma, a rare form of brain cancer, benefit from chemotherapy plus radiotherapy. Reported January 2012.
A recent study of gliomas with a mutation in a metabolism gene points to a new avenue to explore as a potential treatment strategy for such tumors. Published February 2012. [PubMed Abstract]