By boosting the power of a patient’s immune cells, researchers from the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute have demonstrated the potential for a revolutionary new therapy to treat a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. But given the limited results, many questions remain.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School have genetically engineered stem cells to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumors, without killing normal cells or themselves. Though the work was performed on mice, researchers call it "the future of cancer treatment." Clinical trials could start within five years.
Glioblastoma is one of the most aggressive and deadly forms of brain cancer. Nausea-inducing chemotherapy can prolong life by a few months, but there's another gentler though funnier-looking treatment: a cap that literally zaps the tumor away.
Interphone researchers are conducting the largest-ever study investigating if cellphones cause cancer, examining studies from 6,400 tumors in patients from 13 countries. Final results are expected in early 2009, but the preliminary ones are badbadbad.