Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care

While more than 60 percent of patients with the brain tumors called malignant gliomas enroll in hospice services, almost a quarter of them do so within a week of death, probably too late for patients and family members to benefit from hospice care. A study by a research team from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center also … Continue reading Many brain tumor patients do not receive adequate end-of-life care

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Childhood brain tumors affect working memory of adult survivors

Adult survivors of childhood brain tumors have lower working memory performance compared to healthy adults, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Emory University. The findings, published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, report that adult survivors of pediatric posterior fossa brain tumors performed significantly lower than controls on standardized clinical tests of … Continue reading Childhood brain tumors affect working memory of adult survivors

Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumors

Proof-of-concept study highlights new therapeutic use of engineered human stem cells Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, MS, PhD, who recently demonstrated the value of stem cells loaded with cancer-killing … Continue reading Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumors