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Glioma Brain Tumors Form Synapses With Healthy Neurons

The process of breast cancer’s spread into the brain involves the “N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor” (NMDAR), which is found on the cell membranes of neurons and is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses, scientists at EPFL’s Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) have discovered[1]. One of the biggest problems with any type of cancer is […]

To Persist Through Chemotherapy, Cancer Cells Turn To Cannibalism

Some cancer cells survive chemotherapy by devouring their neighboring tumor cells, research from Tulane University suggests[1]. This act of cannibalism may give these cancer cells the energy required to stay alive and begin tumor relapse after the treatment is completed. “Understanding the properties of these senescent cancer cells that allow their survival after chemotherapy treatment […]

Cracking The Code Of Sonic Hedgehog Medulloblastoma

One of the most common brain cancers in children, Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) medulloblastoma, also is one of the more survivable for most kids. Unfortunately, for a subset of patients the cancer resists treatment and relapses with a vengeance to then turn deadly. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center used a powerful new computer-assisted technology […]

Trojan Horse Chemotherapeutics Disguise Themselves As Fat

A new stealth drug-delivery method that disguises anti-cancer drugs as fat in order to outsmart, penetrate and destroy tumors has been developed by scientists. Thinking the drugs are tasty fats, tumors invite the drug inside. Once there, the targeted drug activates, immediately suppressing tumor growth. The drug also is lower in toxicity than current chemotherapy […]