Biomedical researchers at UCF have found a protein that could hold the key to treating one of the most common and aggressive brain tumors in adults.
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the type of malignant brain tumor that killed the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, is difficult to treat because it spreads cancerous cells to other parts of the brain very quickly. About 10,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year.
There is no cure, and treatments have limited success. They consist of surgically removing the tumor from the brain, followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy. About half of the patients don’t survive for more than a year after their diagnosis. Continue . . .