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Treatment capitalizes on unique qualities of radioisotope to prolong lives of brain tumor patients
Date:1/30/2008

antly in the research needed to eradicate these killer diseases.

According to the American Cancer Society, brain cancers are some of the most aggressive and deadly forms of cancer because they typically hide from the immune system and grow unchecked.

RIT is the use of an antibody (or protein produced by the immune system) that recognizes foreign substances, or antigens, and attaches to them. When these antigen-binding antibodies are chemically combined with a radioactive substance, they act as a guided missile to deliver a lethal dose of radiation directly to the tumor cells. The antibodys ability to bind to a tumor-associated antigen increases the dose delivered to the tumor cells while decreasing the dose to normal tissues.


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