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Cancer

09 December 2010

Childhood brain tumour is really two cancers

The most common type of malignant childhood brain tumour is actually two different types of cancer, researchers said.

The most common type of malignant childhood brain tumour is actually two different types of cancer, researchers said in a study they said also suggested the youngest patients could receive less toxic treatments.

"Ten years ago, medulloblastoma was regarded as a single disease, and all children with this brain tumour got the same treatment. This study shows clearly that there are distinct subtypes of this cancer that come from uniquely susceptible cell types in the brain that acquire specific mutations," Gilbertson said.

 

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