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Infographic: A Brain Implant Stops Tumor Growth in Rats
The new, implantable device converts ultrasound waves into electrical energy inside the brain, interfering with tumor cell division.
Infographic: A Brain Implant Stops Tumor Growth in Rats
Infographic: A Brain Implant Stops Tumor Growth in Rats

The new, implantable device converts ultrasound waves into electrical energy inside the brain, interfering with tumor cell division.

The new, implantable device converts ultrasound waves into electrical energy inside the brain, interfering with tumor cell division.

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Implantable Device Zaps Cancer Cells Using Electric Fields
Holly Barker | Dec 12, 2022 | 3 min read
A wireless brain implant inhibits tumor growth in rats, overcoming many design flaws of current devices used to treat glioblastoma.
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Astrocytes Feed Glioblastoma, Promoting Tumor Growth: Mouse Study
Patience Asanga | Oct 5, 2022 | 3 min read
Starving glioblastoma tumors of the cholesterol made by astrocytes could suppress brain cancer progression.
Best of Cancer Research
The Scientist Creative Services Team | 1 min read
This collection of articles from The Scientist explores some of the latest cancer research!
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Humsa Venkatesh Probes Cancer’s Grip on the Brain
Maddie Bender | Aug 15, 2022 | 3 min read
At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the cancer biologist is combining research into the tumor microenvironment with the principles of neuroscience to tease apart how cancers grow—and how to stop them.
black-and-white brain scan showing tumor
Glioblastoma Cells Imitate Immature Neurons to Invade the Brain
Sophie Fessl, PhD | Aug 5, 2022 | 3 min read
Neuron-like glioblastoma cells are the pioneers of deadly tumors’ spread through the brain, contributing to their devastating invasiveness, a study in mice finds.
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Sound Waves Aid Brain Tumor Treatment
Ruth Williams | Oct 13, 2021 | 3 min read
In a small clinical study, focusing ultrasound beams on tumors in patients’ brains helped open the blood-brain barrier to facilitate drug delivery.
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Microscopic Robots Deliver Drugs to the Brain
Asher Jones | Mar 30, 2021 | 5 min read
Researchers turned white blood cells called neutrophils into drug-smuggling “neutrobots,” which penetrated the blood-brain barrier to treat brain cancer in mice.
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Image of the Day: Tumor Vasculature
Amy Schleunes | Jan 24, 2020 | 2 min read
Researchers use a cutting-edge technique to map the blood vessels of brain tumors as patients are awake during surgery with the hope of reducing damage to adjacent tissues.
Air Pollution Tied to Brain Cancer: Study
Emily Makowski | Nov 13, 2019 | 2 min read
Inhaling combustion-produced particles may lead to the development of brain tumors.
Aggressive Cancers Feed Off the Brain’s Nerves
Emily Makowski | Sep 20, 2019 | 2 min read
Three studies show that tumor cells can behave like neurons.
Immune-Activating Gene Therapy for Glioblastoma
Ruth Williams | Aug 14, 2019 | 3 min read
The results of an early trial in 31 brain cancer patients finds immune activity boosted in the tumor, and possibly longer survival.
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Glioblastoma on a Chip
Jef Akst | Jul 15, 2019 | 3 min read
Researchers use 3-D printing technology to construct a brain cancer model that accurately recapitulated in vivo biology and predicted patient drug responses.
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The Next Frontier of CAR T-Cell Therapy: Solid Tumors
Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
The technology has wowed the field by all but obliterating some patients’ blood cancers, but solid malignancies present new challenges.
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Study Finds “Some Evidence” that Cellphone Radiation Linked to Brain Cancer in Male Rats
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 5, 2018 | 2 min read
The results cannot be extrapolated to humans, researchers caution.
Poliovirus Therapy May Extend Lives of Advanced Brain-Cancer Patients
Ashley Yeager | Jun 26, 2018 | 2 min read
More than one-fifth of individuals treated with the genetically modified virus survived at least three years.
A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Madness
Barbara Lipska with Elaine McArdle | Apr 1, 2018 | 3 min read
After I was diagnosed with brain cancer and started to lose my mental health, the importance of my job came into clear focus.
Immune Cells Deliver Cancer Drugs to the Brain
Diana Kwon | Jun 19, 2017 | 3 min read
Neutrophils loaded with the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel traverse the blood-brain barrier and kill residual cancer cells after tumor-resection surgery in mice.
PubPeer Users Question a Cancer Paper
Bob Grant | Jan 13, 2016 | 1 min read
A 2012 Cancer Cell paper is under investigation after users of the post-publication peer review website raised questions about the validity of Western blot images.
Eminent Cancer Researcher Dies
Bob Grant | Dec 15, 2015 | 2 min read
Indiana University’s David Flockhart, a pioneer of personalized medicine, has passed away at age 63. 
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