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Study Finds New Non-Invasive Technique to Assess Brain Tumours in Children and Make Treatment Less Toxic

University of Birmingham

Ground-breaking research by the University of Birmingham has discovered a new technique to assess the aggressiveness of childhood brain tumors. 

Funded by Children with Cancer UK, Action Medical Research and The Brain Tumour Charity, the study is the first of its kind and will allow clinicians to give more personalised treatments for childhood brain cancers, which currently account for one-third of all childhood cancer deaths in the UK. 

Researchers took biopsies of childhood brain tumours over five years to study their chemical make-up in high precision. 

They found that the level of lipids and glutamine they contained ...