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Common brain cancer is actually two diseases

发布时间:2017-06-19 08:01:15来源:未知点击:

THE most common type of brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma, should be treated as two diseases not one, it now appears. Glioblastoma patients whose cancers carry a mutation in a gene called IDH1 are 20 years younger than those without the mutation, on average. Cancers carrying the mutation are also less aggressive: people with this type of the disease had a median survival time of 3.8 years after diagnosis, compared with 1.1 years for those without it (Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1164382). While no existing drugs target IDH1,