New York, NY (PRWEB) July 19, 2013
On July 19, Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, comments on the discovery of a Nano drug, SapC-DOPS, that may aid in treating brain tumors.
According to a July 17, 2013 article published on MedicalXpress.com entitled “Nano drug crosses blood-brain tumor barrier, targets brain tumor cells and blood vessels,” a recent animal and laboratory study conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute, showed that an “experimental drug in early development for aggressive brain tumors can cross the blood-brain tumor barrier and kill tumor cells and block the growth of tumor blood vessels.” These findings support further development of the drug as a “novel treatment for brain tumors.”
With 3,470 new brain tumor cases in the United States expected this year and a median survival rate of about 15 months, glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer. One of the major obstacles obstructing effective treatment of this disease is the blood-brain barrier which is the tight fit of cells that make up the blood vessels in the brain. It protects the brain from toxins in the blood but also keeps drugs in the bloodstream from reaching the brain tumors.
“Few drugs have the capacity to cross the tumor blood-brain barrier and specifically target tumor cells,” says principal investigator on the study, Balveen Kaur, PhD and associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of the Dardinger Laboratory of Neurosciences at the OSUCCC-James. “Our preclinical study indicates that SapC-DOPS does both and inhibits the growth of new tumor blood vessels, suggesting that this agent could one day be an important treatment for glioblastoma and other solid tumors.”
Michael Klipper, Chairman of Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, comments on the recent discovery. “Every single day, we hear of new scientific discoveries being made for brain cancer treatment. It gives us and the rest of the brain cancer community hope that one day this horrible disease will be cured. Hats off to Dr. Kaur and his team for their continuous efforts.”
VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.
VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
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