Parasite Treatment May Help People With Brain Cancer

Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure funded the research of Dr. Greg Riggins at Johns Hopkins University.  The following is an article from The Baltimore Sun about Dr. Riggins' exciting discovery and his efforts to develop a potential new treatment for brain cancer. 

At a lab on the edge of the Johns Hopkins University's East Baltimore medical campus, researchers grow tumors on mice so they can try and cure them. But one day, the cancer wouldn't grow.

They tried again and again for months. Figuring there must be something different about this batch of mice, they finally discovered the rodents had been given a drug to prevent pinworm.

Three years later, the common parasite treatment that retails for a few dollars a dose is being given to terminal brain cancer patients in a trial that could lead to more widespread use.

Researchers who toiled for years for such a discovery said they still are investigating how it works.

"We spend a lot of time training and thinking about what causes cancer so we can come up with strategies to make an impact on survival," said Dr. Gregory J. Riggins, a Hopkins professor of neurology and oncology. "Most things we try don't work," he said. "And then we find something completely by accident."

Click HERE for the entire article by Meredith Cohn in The Baltimore Sun.

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