New treatment proves promising for brain cancer patients
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A small study is creating a big dose of hope for some patients battling brain cancer.
Glioblastoma multiforme accounts for 15 percent of all brain cancers. Survival rates are slim and most patients die 12 to 15 months after the first diagnosis. But researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are using laser heat therapy on 10 patients who underwent standard radiation therapy.
Most showed positive effects within two days, compared to three to six months with traditional radiation treatment and the length of survival in these patients doubled.
More testing needs to be conducted before the trial can be done on a longer scale.
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