Posts Tagged ‘brain cancer’

Is Non-Surgical Diagnosis of Brain Tumors Possible?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The results of a pilot study published in the online edition of Neuro-Oncology demonstrated that brain tumors can be reliably diagnosed and monitored without surgery. Previously unavailable or unreliable the researchers said ” We are excited about the potential that this test has to ease the process of detecting and monitoring brain tumors.” “The test needs to be further developed before it is used in a clinical setting, but I expect it could be particularly valuable for patients who are not surgical candidates.”

In the pilot study of 118 patients with different types of brain tumors, the researchers showed that micro RNA profiling of cerebrospinal fluid can be used to determine the presence of glioblastoma, the most common and lethal form of brain cancer. The micro or tiny RNA molecules are excellent bio markers for various conditions and their levels can be accurately measured in body fluids so it is a simple and inexpensive procedure. This same process could be used to detect the presence of cancer that started in another body site and spread to the brain as well as monitoring the tumor during treatment.

Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumors

Friday, January 28th, 2011

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There has long been a debate about the use of cell phones and the development of brain and other types of tumors and many studies in the past have concluded that there is an association. The most recent study was reported in the November/December issue of the Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography . In this report the researchers conducted an in-depth analysis of research on the risk of wireless phones (cell and home cordless Phones). A review of the past ten years or longer produced 11 published studies on long term use of cell phones and the risk of brain tumors. This review of studies produced conflicting results. One of the largest studies concluded that cell phone use did not increase the risk of brain tumors. Two flaws were identified in this study: it was largely funded by the wireless communications industry that may have caused a bias , and it was of a short duration.

A series of independent studies carried out by a cancer specialist in Sweden found different results. He found that the more hours of cellular phone use over a longer period of time (ten years or longer) the higher the risk of developing brain tumors. He also found the level of power from the wireless phone, the years since beginning use, the total exposure, and younger age all increased the risk of developing brain tumors.

Based upon an analysis of all studies the researchers concluded “long term cell phone usage can approximately double the risk of developing a glioma or acoustic neuroma in the more exposed brain hemisphere.” Although it is unclear how this exposure can increase the risk of brain cancer studies have shown that the cell signal is absorbed up to 2 inches in the adult skull. More research is needed to validate these findings.

Cancer Cell Growth May Be Slowed by Blocking Sugar Pathways

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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Research from Johns Hopkins University published online in the November 15 issue of Cancer Research and as a news alert from Johns Hopkins (see link below) “concluded that researchers have identified a compound that might be used to starve cancer cells of their sugar-based building blocks.” Although not tested on humans or animals yet, the compound, a glutaminase inhibitor called BPTES, has been tested on lab cultured sugar-hungry brain cancer cells. In their research they used BPTES on cells engineered to have IDHI mutations that seem to convert cell building blocks to nutrients that feed cancer cells. Results show that cancer cells growth was reduced by 30%. Thus, it did not completely stop cancer cell growth. but slowed its progress. Further research is planned to refine BPTES and to try it with other types of cancer cells. Additional information is available at:
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/compound_that_blocks_sugar_pathway_slows_cancer

Treating Brain Cancer with Viruses

Friday, May 14th, 2010

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Some parvoviruses have been shown to kill tumor cells without harming healthy tissue and have been tested previously in cancer therapy.

Using a particular parvovirus, the parvovirus H-1, researchers at the German Cancer Research Center studied with rats who received brain tumor cells by implantation. When the brain tumors reached a specific size the rodents were given parvoviruses either by direct injection into the tumor or into the blood stream. In rodents injected directly into the tumor the tumor shrank visibly after three days and disappeared in eight of the 12 rodents treated. They survived without any symptoms. The untreated rodent controls had severe disease symptoms within 3 weeks following the tumor implantation.
In the rodents who received injections into the blood stream six of nine rodents showed regression of the tumor and all treated rodents survived for one year with no signs of side effects.
There was no infection-related damage in the nervous tissue surrounding the tumor in the treated rodents and the virus did not spread to the whole organism. Parvovirus DNA was found in all organs after several days following transfer but that only lasted for a short time. Despite the viruses infecting healthy tissue they did not reproduce as they did in the tumor tissue where they reproduced and the viral protein production was detected. In rats that did not have tumors, the virus did not reproduce. The researchers concluded that the presence of cancer cells seem to be necessary for the parvovirus to reproduce. They believe these viruses are suitable for use in cancer treatment. More information is available at:
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers (2010, May 5) Viruses effective against brain cancer in animals. Human trials set to start. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 9, 2010., from http://www.sciencedaily.com/ releases/2010/05/100504095106.htm

Exercise And Recovery after Brain Radiation

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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Data present by Duke U researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting last month showed that exercise is a major factor in improving memory and mood after whole-brain radiation treatment in rodents. This is an exciting finding because whole brain radiation is sometimes used to treat brain cancer in humans.
In the study one group of mice that had radiation stayed in their cages under normal conditions of living with other mice, eating and playing as they liked. A different group of mice having radiation were given daily access to a cage with a running wheel which they could use if they wanted.
The mice were tested for how well they remembered spatial features in their environment for locating a preferred excape hole to exit a well lit maze abd hide., They were tested at two weeks and 3 months after radiation.
The mice that had radiation and access to running did as well as normal mice (without radiation) that didn’t exercise when it came to remembering where the hole was. Irradiated mice that did not have access to exercise eventually showed no preference for that section of the maze with the escape hole.
The researchers concluded that exercise seems to protect against the loss of memory and increased depressive like behavior.

Dr Carl O Helvie Interviews 5 Cancer Survivors

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

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On Saturday, July 18, I interviewed 5 cancer survivors pictured from left to right–Aurea McGarry, Linda Wilson, Regina Leeds, Les Thiele, and Lori Kuban .

Aurea is a 9 year Non Hodskins Lymphoma survivor who won the Mrs. U.S. Beauty of Georgia Contest in 2003 and the title of Most Inspirational Contestant. She is the creator, producer and host of the television show Live Your Legacy with Aurea McGarry. Earlier she worked on the soap opera Edge of Night. She discusses her experiences with cancer in her book I Won’t Survive, I’ll Thrive. More information is available at: www.liveyourlegacytv.com

Linda had a tumor of the kidney and used alternative interventions. She and her husband have owned a rare and used book business for 25 years. She has degrees in English Literature, and Respiratory Therapy, and a Masters in Theology. She is an ordained Episcopal Minister but currently works with the Catholic Apolistic Church. She writes when she has time and has a novel placed with an agent currently. She can be reached at: littlegidding@hughes.net

Regina is a 7 year survivor of third stage uterine cancer who used traditional and alternative interventions. She is a professional organizer and authored six books including the New York Times best seller One Year to an Organized Life. More information is available at www.reginaleeds.com

Les is a 3 time ovarian cancer survivor who used complementary interventions. She talks with cancer patients several times a week and is in the process of putting up a web site. She can be reached at: (617) 834-1597.

Lori is a brain tumor survivor who used traditional and alternative interventions. She has a baccalaureate and masters degree and is a research librarian. She is also a cancer and health care advocate who speaks and provides workshops for cancer survivors and professionals including being a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. She also gives radio and television interviews. More information is available at www.cancerologist.com

The interviews for this show follow.

Cancer Survivors Interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie on the Holistic Health Show

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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Linda Wilson, Aurea McGarry and Lori Kuban will also be interviewed on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday.
Linda had a tumor of the kidney and used alternative interventions. She and her husband have owned a rare and used book business for 25 years. She has degrees in English Literature, Respiratory Therapy and a masters in Theology. She is an ordained Episcopal minister but currently works with the Catholic Apolistic church. She writes when she has time and currently has a novel placed with an agent. She can be reached at littlegidding@hughes.net
Aurea is a 9 year non hodgkins lymphoma sur-THRIVER. She won the Mrs U.S. Beauty of Georgia Contest in 2003 and the title of Most Inspirational Contestant. She is the creator, producer, and host of the television show Live Your Legacy with Aurea McGarry. Earlier she worked on the soap opera The Edge of Night. She discusses her experience in her book I Won’t Survive, I’ll Thrive. More information is available at www.liveyourlegacytv.com
My third guest, Lori, is a brain tumor survivor who used traditional and alternative interventions. Lori has baccalaureate and masters degrees and is a research librarian. She is a cancer and health care advocate who speaks and provides workshops for cancer survivors and professionals including being a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and gives radio and television interviews., More information is found at: www.cancerologist.com