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Some of the highlights from this month's round-up:
- A study published in Nature Medicine has shown that the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab (Keytruda) may be an effective treatment for recurrent glioblastoma when used before surgery, rather than afterwards.
- A panel of international brain cancer researchers tasked by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) to identify the most important challenges to be overcome in order to successfully treat patients with brain tumours have summarised their findings in a Position Paper published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.
- A new device, dubbed the “Tumour Monorail”, that mimics the brain’s white matter to attract brain tumour cells toward the outer surfaces of the brain has been granted ‘breakthrough device’ status by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) has developed a project to perform molecular analysis of tumour samples from young adult patients (12 to 29 years old) with rare cancers, including glioma.
- A retrospective analysis of 156 glioblastoma patients comparing the effects of standard radiation dose (60 Gray [Gy]) with a moderate dose-escalation regimen (up to 66 Gy) found that dose-escalation therapy correlated with an improved time to relapse and overall survival.
- Christine Mungoshi, Director of the Zimbabwe Brain Tumour Association (ZBTA), has been appointed as an IBTA Senior Advisor for patient advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- March marks Brain Tumour Awareness Month in the UK - a time when charities, groups and individuals across the country take the opportunity to fundraise and highlight to the general public the importance of improved brain tumour research, treatment and support.
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