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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

BTRC News 2014-15

November 2015

Targeting cancer at its roots: researchers find the shape of DNA can affect the ability of brain tumour cells to grow
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive cancerous brain tumour in adults and remains one of the most difficult of the cancers to treat.  Offered radiation therapy and chemotherapy, 1,500 Canadian adults every year begin treatment knowing that with an average survival of 15 months, glioblastoma will soon take over their brain, with fatal consequences. Glioblastoma also affects about 150 children in Canada every year. Learn more

April 2015

New approach to otherwise fatal early-childhood train tumour improves survival by up to 50 per cent
Curtis Brown, Jr. (CJ) is an active almost-10-year-old who loves snowboarding, skateboarding and BMX biking. In the fall of 2007, two-year-old CJ began to show signs that something was happening to his brain. Learn more

February 2015

SickKids receives funding for brain cancer research on World Cancer Day
In celebration of World Cancer Day, the Honorable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, announced funding for over 80 new cancer research projects across Canada; two of which are for researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Drs. Uri Tabori and Michael Taylor. Learn more

Study identifies highest mutation load in any human cancer
Kids with aggressive cancer predisposition syndrome experience flood of cancer mutations in just six months. Learn more

January 2015

Understanding a complex brain cancer: SickKids-led study links genetics of cells with diverse growth and drug-resistant behaviours within the same tumour
Despite advances in research, glioblastoma, the most common primary malignant brain tumour in adults, remains one of the most difficult cancers to treat. learn more

June 2014

Current treatments miss slowly-dividing cancer cells, risking fatal relapse of childhood brain tumour, SickKids-led study finds
Aggressive chemotherapy attacking rapidly-dividing cancer cells have greatly improved survival rates for the most common cancerous brain tumour in children; however, nearly 30 per cent of cases result in a fatal recurrence of the tumour. learn more

April 2014

New insight into fatal childhood brain tumour may lead to patient-targeted treatment
Imagine being a parent receiving news that your six-year-old child has a brain tumour that has no effective treatment, and is almost universally fatal. This is a harsh reality for the 30 children in Canada who are diagnosed each year with a rare paediatric cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). learn more

February 2014

SickKids scientists explain baffling chemo resistance and identify possible therapy for baby brain tumour
There are usually three main tools for fighting brain cancer: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. But for patients with ependymoma, a type of childhood brain tumour most common in babies, despite many clinical trials none of the standard chemotherapy medicines have been shown to help. learn more

January 2014

SickKids neurosurgeon Dr. James Rutka named to Ontario’s Highest Honour
Dr. James Rutka, Neurosurgeon and Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), has been appointed to the Order of Ontario for his outstanding accomplishments in brain cancer research. learn more