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IBTA e-News – January 2014

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How many people with brain tumours? The subject of how many people develop a brain tumour in the world each year is a vexed question. Several years ago the IBTA commissioned the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) to undertake a study and we accepted a very conservative and highly qualified figure of at least 200,000 new cases per annum. Estimates are complicated by an absence of national cancer registries and formal diagnoses…

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IBTA e-News – December 2013

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Society for Neuro Oncology (SNO) ASM: Year by year the SNO Education Day and Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) keeps attracting more attendees. The meeting held in San Francisco during 21-24 November, in conjunction with the 4th Quadrennial Meeting of the World Federation of Neuro-Oncology (WFNO), had around 2,100 registered attendees. This is a link to an overall summary of the highlights prepared by IBTA advisor Chris Tse. The 2014 Education Day and ASM will be held during 13-16 November in Miami, Florida…

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IBTA e-News – November 2013

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Society for Neuro Oncology (SNO) Conference: The Annual Scientific meeting of SNO will be held in San Francisco during 21-24 November, with the Education Day taking place on 21 November. It will be held in conjunction with the Quadrennial Conference of the World Federation of Neuro Oncology (WFNO), which was last held in Yokohama, Japan, in 2009. The preliminary program is available here. The IBTA will have a display table at the meeting and we invite our contacts and others to visit us and introduce themselves…

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IBTA e-News – October 2013

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European Cancer Congress (ECC): There appeared to be no highly significant new results in the area of CNS tumours presented at the ECC held in Amsterdam, except for reinforcement of the relevance of IDH mutations. Contributions mainly dealt with the finalisation of previously indicated trial results. This is a link to the CNS abstracts…

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IBTA e-News – September 2013

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Neurosurgeons resign after Inquiry: In a case that has attracted widespread interest because of the issues it raises about the treatment of glioblastoma patients two UC Davis (USA) neurosurgeons have resigned after several inquiries criticised their action in unsuccessfully introducing live bowel bacteria directly into their patients’ brains or bone flaps in the hope that an infection might stimulate the patients’ immune systems…

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IBTA e-News – August 2013

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Existing drugs might help glioblastoma patients: Researchers have identified 18 new genes responsible for driving GBM brain tumours. The researchers believe that for about 15 per cent of patients whose tumours are driven by certain gene fusions, FDA-approved drugs that target those drivers are already available. They caution, however, that a complicated analysis is necessary to identify a tumour’s driver gene before a personalised glioblastoma treatment can become a reality…

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