A potential new drug, more powerful than chemotherapy, is giving hope to people suffering from the most aggressive type of brain tumours called glioblastomas.
They kill around 225,000 people around the world every year and patients usually survive for less than two years after being diagnosed.
Researchers from Monash University have uncovered a potential drug that can suppress the protein which is known to promote growth of the cancer cells in the brain.
It could give patients another treatment option apart from surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which generally add only a few months to their lives.
The university’s Dr Mastura Montif says there’s been very little progress in treatment over the past decade.
“Seeing patients diagnosed with this lethal and life-changing disease, and most of them being young and their whole life ahead of them, is the reason why I continue to pursue research on glioblastoma,” he said.
“Our future endeavours will involve testing in animal models, which will hopefully lead to a human clinical trial.”
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