New immunotherapy for malignant brain tumors

It is relatively easy to treat cancer in the early stages. However, it is far more difficult to successfully treat advanced cancer. Treatment of brain tumors is particularly challenging because regulatory T-cells accumulate in brain tumors and suppress an immune attack. In several steps using a new strategy and a novel drug, Burkhard Becher's team … Continue reading New immunotherapy for malignant brain tumors

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Dysfunctional mitochondria may underlie resistance to radiation therapy

New role discovered for gene The resistance of some cancers to the cell-killing effects of radiation therapy may be due to abnormalities in the mitochondria – the cellular structures responsible for generating energy, according to an international team of researchers. Their findings are published in the Nov. 25 issue of Developmental Cell. Maxim Frolov, associate professor … Continue reading Dysfunctional mitochondria may underlie resistance to radiation therapy

Nurse navigators help cancer patients cope early in care

Randomized controlled trial, now in practice at Group Health When Group Health patients received support from a nurse navigator, or advocate, soon after a cancer diagnosis, they had better experiences and fewer problems with their care—particularly in health information, care coordination, and psychological and social care—according to a randomized controlled trial in the Journal of Clinical … Continue reading Nurse navigators help cancer patients cope early in care