Treatment Administered As Shot In Arm
POSTED: 10:36 am EST December 1, 2010
UPDATED: 10:27 am EST December 2, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --
Several patients at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are the first to test a new brain tumor treatment.
The treatment is administered as a shot in the arm.
“This study is looking at a very new form of treatment called a preventative brain tumor vaccine. The idea is to treat the low-grade glioma and to prevent it from growing back,” Dr. Edward Shaw, a radiation oncologist, said in a news release. “In this early phase study, we are looking to see whether the patient develops an immune response against this kind of brain tumor, a necessary step for the vaccine to work.”
The patients will receive the vaccine every three weeks for six months and a blood test will determine whether an immune response has developed.
“If we can prevent the tumor from growing back or from transforming to a more malignant form, the hope is that we can cure more low-grade glioma patients,” Shaw said.
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