There are 4 major tissue types.
We are concerned with the epithelial cells because they are what make up the living part of the epidermoid brain tumor. How fast our moids grow is determined by the Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene/1950 Studies, such as the one below, allow us a window into the research being done that is associated with our type BT.
Epithelial tumor (in green) implanted in a fly host © M. Milán lab, IRB Barcelona. Author: Mariana Muzzopappa
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Submitted by Fran McCall
Jan. 24, 2013 — Nearly the entire genetic landscape of the most common form of brain tumor can be explained by abnormalities in just five genes, an international team of researchers led by Yale School of Medicine scientists report online in the Jan. 24 edition of the journal Science. Knowledge of the genomic profile of the tumors and their location in the brain make it possible for the first time to develop personalized medical therapies for meningiomas, which currently are only managed surgically.
Meningioma tumors affect about 170,000 patients in the United States. They are usually benign but can turn malignant in about 10 percent of cases. Even non-cancerous tumors can require surgery if they affect the surrounding brain tissue and disrupt neurological functions.
Approximately half of the tumors have already been linked to a mutation or deletion of a gene called neurofibromin 2, or NF2……read more…..
Submitted by David
Now Northwestern Medicine researchers have developed a new method — similar to forecasting storms with computer models — to predict an individual patient’s brain tumor growth. This growth forecast will enable physicians to rapidly identify how well the tumor is responding to a particular therapy. The approach allows a quick pivot to a new therapy in a critical time…….more
Submitted by Miyoko Tanaka, Kobe, Japan
The Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA) is an innovative surgical technique used to remove brain tumors and lesions—some as large as softballs—all through the nose. A multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, ophthalmic surgeons, and spine surgeons at UPMC have developed and refined this technique, and are among the most experienced in the world.
With EEA, surgeons reach tumors and lesions of the skull base and top of the spine directly by operating through the nose and sinuses. A specially designed endoscope provides light and a lens for viewing and transmitting internal images…….more