Could brain cancers be starved to death?

Posted 22 Feb 2019.


New research suggests it's possible to starve brain cancers to death. This is why we need your support to reach our goal of $79,000 by the end of February to help fund the next round of life- saving research.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, WA-based cancer researcher, Dr Haibo Jiang, is in his laboratory at the University of Western Australia, working on starving brain cancer cells of nutrients.

This is a unique way of tackling brain cancer, and was made possible when researchers discovered that brain cancers have a protein in them that is not normally found in the brain at all.

It's a protein used in other parts of the human body to help it draw fat into cells.

This was exciting. It's information that was not known before. It showed Dr Jiang that it was now possible to understand what nutrient sources brain cancer cells rely on for growth.

Dr Jiang says, "as a result, doctors could potentially reduce the amount of nutrients in the blood that brain cancer cells rely on, thereby inhibiting their growth."

In this way, perhaps brain cancer cells really could be starved to death.

Brain cancer is a diabolical disease. It kills almost 4 in 5 people diagnosed. Most are children or young people. And unlike most other cancers, survival rates have barely improved in the past 30 years.

For some aggressive forms of brain cancer, such as glioblastoma, only 5% of people survive 5 years or more.

Please help us tackle the deadliest of cancers by making a donation today. With your help we can fund ground-breaking research and help to develop new treatments that could save the lives of many West Australians.


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