Brain tumor growth can be slowed, new study suggests
April 2, 2015 By Doug Bennett For most patients with a common brain tumor, the outlook is grim. Aggressive and stubborn, glioblastoma is hard to wipe out with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
Now, a group that includes University of Florida Health researchers has found a way to improve survival time in a mouse model by halting the tumor’s spread. It’s the first time scientists have manipulated successfully the signals in a cell that allow it to contract in order to impede a brain tumor’s growth. The approach makes it harder for the cell to squeeze through surrounding tissue, keeping the tumor in check.