4 Emerging Brain Cancer Treatment Innovations Provide Hope For the Future

5-ALA — the Pink Drink

Patient-Derived Xenograft (PDX) Models or “Avatars”

Immunotherapy — Using the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Vaccine Creation

CAR T-Cell Therapy

Using Viruses to Deliver Immunotherapy Drugs

Checkpoint Inhibitors

Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT)

  • Though considered minimally invasive, LITT often causes inflammation and swelling, putting the patient at risk for neurological problems that can occasionally be permanent.
  • Under certain circumstances, the laser probe can overheat and cause damage. One of the manufacturers of an LITT system issued a recall due to this problem in 2017.
  • There’s a relative lack of data on LTT compared to established surgical methods, such as craniotomies.

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