Science Paves the Way for Hope
Science is the engine behind the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. Our researchers and physicians are passionate about understanding the "how" and "why" of brain tumors. Scientists are developing new, more effective techniques for surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Research is devoted not only to providing the most effective treatment, but also to improving the quality of life for patients and their loved ones.
—Darell D. Bigner, MD, PhD
Our researchers and physicians have pioneered remarkable advances in surgery and treatment including the following:
- Use of monoclonal antibodies to carry cancer-killing treatment to the primary tumor site without harming healthy tissue
- Injections of immunotoxins directly into the brain to attack tumor cells that surgeons cannot remove
- Identification of genes that are over-multiplying in brain tumors to help determine why certain cells resist therapy
- Use of Ritalin for child and adolescent attention difficulties after brain tumor therapy
Every day, we complete another piece of the puzzle. For more information on the latest scientific advances...