Stem cells to restore cognition in brain cancer patients?

Wednesday 13th July 2011
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Stem cell therapy could be used to restore cognition in some brain cancer patients, scientists have found.

The therapy could return functional learning and memory to those who lose them as a result of radiation treatment, according to a study published in journal Cancer Research.

Charles Limoli of the University of California, said that the side effects of the cancer treatment can be devastating.

"In almost every instance, people experience severe cognitive impairment that is progressive, debilitating and adversely impacts quality of life," he said.

"Pediatric cancer patients can experience a drop of up to three IQ points per year."

When the stem cell therapy was employed on rats with cranial irradiation, a significant proportion of the cells transplanted survived and turned into brain cells.

This follows research at the University of Michigan which found that a new Cabozantinib treatment could be successful at treating prostate cancer that has spread to the bones.

Written by James Puckle
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