The type of brain cancer that Senator Ted Kennedy has, is particularly aggressive and grows fast. Only half of those with that kind of cancer live longer than a year. However, there is hope.
Scientists have recently discovered a gene that causes malignant glioma. A vaccine is being tested that may help the patient's own body attack the cancer. And scientists have recently discovered a gene that causes that kind of brain cancer, which could make it easier to develop a drug to treat it.
Dr. Todd Waldman, of the Lombardi Cancer Center, says, "The proof of principle is out there. These things can work, and we expect them to work in tumor types like this over the next decade."
This new research brings hope to the 10,000 people like Senator Kennedy diagnosed with brain cancer every year.