Childhood brain cancer subtypes discovered

1 August 2012

BC Cancer Agency scientists, in partnership with researchers from cancer centres around the world, have identified four distinct subgroups of medulloblastoma, a common childhood brain cancer. The findings, published recently in the journal Nature, suggest the subtypes respond differently to chemotherapy, radiation, and drug therapy, opening the door to targeted treatments that are more precise and less toxic. Three MSFHR-supported researchers participated in the research (Dr. Marco Marra, Dr. Robert Holt, and Dr. Steven Jones).