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Malignant brain tumor

In recognition of brain cancer awareness month, the focus of my blog is on the latest developments in treating this particular cancer. Glioblastoma or glioblastoma multiforme is the most common brain cancer in adults. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, glioblastomas represents about 17% of all primary brain tumors. They can be difficult to treat because the tumors contain so many different types of cells. They tend to be both aggressive and fast growing. The National Cancer Institute says the mortality rate for brain cancer has remained largely unchanged over the past 30 to 40 years. Therefore looking at new ways to treat brain cancer is desperately needed.

One of the hottest areas of clinical research into brain cancer involves the use of immunotherapy, or stimulating the immune system to attack cancer. The National Cancer Institute defines Continue reading

WHO report links cell phones to cancer: Should you worry?

A branch of the World Health Organization, announced yesterday that it had added cell phones to a list of potential cancer-causing agents. The group, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, did not conduct any new research, but instead surveyed studies that had already examined the issue. So should you worry?

We talked with Larry Junck, M.D., a University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center neuro-oncologist. He said the worst danger posed by cell phones is driver distraction.

“There have been a number of scientific studies examining a possible relationship between cell phone use and brain tumors, and while none of them have been large enough to provide a final answer, it is reassuring that most of these studies have found no relationship,” Junck said.

Watch the video to learn more.

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