Brain Tumour Charity progresses research to fight brain cancer

The charity will co-fund research to study DIPG, a childhood brain cancer. In other work, it’s found a common virus can help fight incurable brain cancer.

Leeds University professor
Credit: Leeds University

The Brain Tumour Charity has found that tumour cells in the brain can be attacked by a naturally-occurring virus that can cross the blood-brain barrier in humans. The study, led by scientists at the University of Leeds and the Institute of Cancer Research, may lead to more effective treatments for some of the most aggressive types of brain tumour, including glioblastoma. The researchers found that 'reovirus' could also stimulate the body's own immune system into fighting brain tumour cells. Dr Adel Samson, co-lead author of the research paper, said: “[This] opens up the possibility this type of immunotherapy could be used to treat more people with aggressive brain cancers."

Funding announced

In other news, Brain Tumour Charity and Worldwide Cancer Research have both committed nearly £340,000 to fund cancer researchers in Ireland and Australia. A total of £218,000 has been awarded to Professor Adrian Bracken at Trinity College Dublin to study a rare but highly aggressive childhood brain cancer, DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). Jennifer Stewart from East Lothian, Scotland, whose eight year old son Luke was diagnosed with DIPG in January last year, welcomed the announcement She said: “Research and alternative options are essential. There has to be a much-needed cure for DIPG to stop our precious children being stolen from us. “There has been no progress towards a cure for DIPG for more than 50 years. This has to change. No child should suffer like those who are diagnosed with DIPG."
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