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Break through in brain cancer

Dr Elizabeth Stoll has led a team to make a major breakthrough in our understanding of how cancerous brain tumours grow.

A team of researchers led by Newcastle University has made a major breakthrough in understanding how brain tumours grow. The most common type of cancerous brain tumours are called 'Glioma'. For many years scientists thought that this type of tumour used sugars to grow and provide the energy for their metabolic processes. However, a new study has shown that they use fats instead. 

Dr Elizabeth Stoll who led the team explained that this provides a new drug target and in the future could help treat people with this condition.

You can read the full press release on the Newcastle press office here. You can also read the scientific paper published in Neuro-oncology here

published on: 30 June 2016