U of I Researchers Make Rare Cancer Breakthrough
Each year when we do our Radiothon for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, one of the areas that we tell listeners their money goes towards is research. Without donations and grants, we can't do the research necessary to find cures for horrible diseases like cancer. A team of researchers at the University of Iowa say they've had a breakthrough in treating a rare form of brain cancer in children. Thanks to research.
Doctors at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics say they are seeing results in reversing cancer that can affect kids under the age of 10 years old. The disease is called DIPG. It is a rare form of childhood cancer that attacks the brainstem. Researchers say they believe they have found a drug that can treat the disease. They've seen success in treating mice, and say that mice with the disease have been completely cured.
They believe the potential is there to see the same results in humans. There is obviously a long road to go with further testing and clinical trials ahead. But the breakthrough has been made. Someday in the near future, we might be able to cross another childhood cancer off the list.