Scientists tackle DIPG, a lethal childhood brain cancer

October 28, 2016

MarkWKieran

Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is perhaps the most deadly pediatric cancer, with most young patients succumbing to it within a year of diagnosis. Now, Scientific American reports, the recent ability to biopsy the tumors at diagnosis, coupled with bereaved parents’ donation of autopsy tissue, enables researchers to parse DIPG’s molecular underpinnings, with the hope of developing effective treatment.

Citing the work of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s neuro-oncologist Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, and others, Scientific American notes: “Genetics and basic science findings suggest why past trials may have failed“and are guiding future and ongoing efforts to identify effective therapeutics.”

 

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