Brain cancer can develop in the brain or start somewhere else in the body and move to your brain. Because the Brain is a vital organ, early detection is key to properly treating and preventing fatality. People suffering from brain cancer might experience headaches, changes in ability to see, balance and walking problems, muscle twitches, numbness, memory issues and nausea and vomiting.
Brain cancer is very difficult to treat. At NFCR, we fund research that digs deeper to understand brain cancer so that we can detect it earlier and develop more effective treatments.
An imaging technique to find brain cancer in its earliest stages is used, giving us a better chance to fight the cancer. The technique starts by sending a scout in to the body. The scout finds cancer cells and attaches to them. Once the two are attached, the scout lets us know that cancer is there by sending a signal. Our cameras see the signal and we know where the brain cancer is. This early detection will help us to treat the cancer more effectively and, hopefully, with increased success.
Sometimes during treatment, part of the tumour that is responsible for growth is able to hide, giving it the chance to come back later and grow. NFCR is working to reduce tumours’ ability to survive by blocking the escape path that the growth parts are using to hide from treatment.
NFCR is working on an anti-cancer drug that only works after it enters a cancer cell, leaving healthy cells in tact. Keeping healthy cells alive gives people more strength to fight off the cancer.
One therapy for treating brain cancer starves the tumour by blocking the path that brings them nutrients. But, after awhile the cancer comes back. NFCR has identified two parts of the cancer that might be responsible for the cancer’s return. If we are right, we can start researching ways to stop the process and make therapy more effective.