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Debra. 2012. Glioma Brain Tumors. Brainfacts.org. Retrieved from
This article is a report on Glioma tumors, an invasive form of brain cancer. The author, Debra Speert was a former director of public information and outreach at the Society of Neuroscience, a well-known brain research organization. The author holds a doctorate in neuroscience, which makes her critique of glioma tumors important to 18,000 Americans who are diagnosed with gliomas every year.
Although drugs like sulphasalazine can reduce tumor size or halt the destruction of healthy cells, scientists are looking for ways to stop the cancer cells from spreading to other parts of the body. Debra Speert focuses on the signaling activity of Vascular Endothelial growth factor that attracts blood vessels to a glioma tumor. This approach uses a neutral framework of analysis - VGEF molecular pathway which keeps the tumor alive.
I am interested in combining the information on VGEF pathways with a more detailed genetic analysis of tumor pathways. It is important to block the attraction of blood vessels to the cancer cells by probing the role of VGEF as a life sustaining force of the cancer cells in order to starve the tumor cells at specific sites of cancer growth.