Joining Forces To Cure Brain Tumors
There are so called "benign" and "malignant" brain tumors; and we call "malignant" brain tumors as brain cancer.
Benign tumors usually have clear margins from the brain itself so that surgery can take the whole tumor out without any tumor cells left behind in a majority of cases. Even if surgery cannot take the whole tumor out, they usually grow slowly and, again, have clear margins from the brain; so they are relatively more manageable. Those tumors, therefore, barely take patients' lives (some of them do, but in the 21st century medical standard, it is rare to see patients lose their lives from these tumors.)
On the other hand, "malignant" brain tumors arise from the brain tissue itself and grow invasively in the brain. Thus, it is impossible to take all the tumor cells out. They are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation, and these tumors behave as "cancer" and take a patient's life. Gliomas are the most typical type of malignant brain tumors. Metastatic brain cancers (e.g. breast cancer that metastasize to the brain) behave in the same way. It is very important to find better treatments for these patients.
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