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Voices Against Brain Cancer Discusses Possible Breakthrough in Brain Cancer Treatment
Date:9/19/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 19, 2013

Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, discusses a possible breakthrough in brain cancer treatment that could potentially double survival rates, according to Dr. Charles Cobbs of California Pacific Medical Center.

According to a September 13, 2013 article published by Komo News titled “Doctor brings breakthrough brain cancer treatment to Seattle,” Dr. Charles Cobbs, a surgeon and oncologist at California Pacific Medical Center, has spent several years experimenting with a new brain cancer treatment that could potentially double survival rates.

Because of limited research, potential side effects and high costs, his approach has not been “embraced by the entire medical community.” However, Cobbs is hoping his new job as director of the Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment in Seattle will provide him with the opportunity to lead further research into saving those who suffer from the terrible disease.

The article states that, over the past several years, Cobbs has focused his research on Cytomegalovirus, a common virus that infects “50 to 80 percent of adults by age 40.” He tested cancerous tumor samples and found that every single one tested positive for cytomegalovirus.

With this newfound discovery, he shifted his focus to the antiviral drug valganciclovir (Valcyte) which is typically used to treat the virus in AIDS patients. Cobbs, in collaboration with Dr. Cecilia Soderberg-Naucler, started a clinical trial treating glioblastoma patients with Valcyte in addition to the standard brain cancer treatment protocol of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

The median survival rate for glioblastoma is normally 15 months and
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