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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Prados Predicted Paradigm Shift for DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma)

Three years ago, Dr. Michael Prados was interviewed by Accelerated Brain Cancer Cure on his thoughts of advancements coming for pediatric brain tumors.   Dr Prados immediately focused on the paradigm shift occurring in the medical community to develop unique strategies to fight DIPG though analysis of individual biopsy samples predicting things may change quickly for DIPG.

Why did that paradigm shift occur in the prior year?  Well, French physicians published in the Journal of Neurosurgery 4 years of biopsy results for diffuse pontine lesions.  All 24 children survived the procedure and only 2 suffered some sequela from the intervention developing transient cranial nerve palsies.   One of the two has a worsening of a previous hemiparesis.   Two children had their treatment plan altered because of the biopsy results.

Stereotactic biopsy of diffuse pontine lesions in children

Neurosurgeon Stefanie Puget has come to North America several times to discuss there ongoing work.   It appears she was just at the Bethesda Consensus Conference earlier this month.

However, it seems that events have moved beyond the discussion stage.   The new multi-institution, 4-armed molecular stratification study is listed as open on clinicaltrials.gov opening first at Dana Farber Boston.   The other institutions slated to collaborate in this trial include -

  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Children's Hospital Boston
  • Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • University of Utah
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • The Children's Hospital, Denver
  • Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Washington University Children's Hospital
  • Miami Children's Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Florida
  • Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Southwestern Regional Medical Center
  • New York University
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Louisville Children's Hospital
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) is a U.S. brain tumor foundation started in 2001 by Dan and Steve Case with the mission to accelerate a cure for brain cancer by increasing the number of potential therapies and moving them rapidly into the clinic for patients.  Since inception,  ABC2  has raised more than 16 million dollars investing in each stage of the development pipeline in pushing for a cure.   It is worth taking a look at the diversity of funding they have engaged in striving for a cure.