A BRAIN TUMOR IS NOT A BRAIN TUMOR
ANCHOR LEAD: BRAIN TUMORS RUN THE GAMUT OF GENETIC AND OTHER CHANGES WHEN ONE LOOKS CLOSELY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Brain tumors should be thought of more as symptoms of a disease than the disease itself, recent research from Johns Hopkins suggests. Will Parsons, a brain cancer expert and one of the study’s authors, says what looks like a certain type of tumor clinically may actually exhibit a range of molecular changes.
PARSONS: We are starting for the first time in studies like this to get some insight into the true classification of cancers, like what it means at the molecular level to be a certain type of cancer, the kind of tumors we’ve been studying, brain cancers, these glioblastomas and then other related brain tumors, what we’re really finding through some of these molecular studies is that types of cancers that we just viewed as one entity, is really a handful of different diseases classified as one. :26
Parsons says this type of analysis has important clinical implications as it predicts which treatments or therapies are likely to be most effective, and when they should be used. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.