News/Press Releases

January 1, 2017

Our Robbinsville ran a great article on the Danze family and why they are so passionate about giving hope to kids with brain tumors.

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June1, 2016

The Beta version of Cavatica has launched!  The Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC) and the Pacific NeuroOncology Consortium (PNOC) has launched Cavatica,a new cloud-based environment for securely storing, sharing and analyzing large volumes of pediatric brain tumor genomics data. 

Learn more about this pediatric brain tumor database and how it will change the face of pediatric brain tumor research, HERE.

Thea's Star of Hope has been a long time supporter of the CBTTC, through Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 

February 1, 2016

On February 1, 2016, oncology researchers published a study that found a new genetic component to development and growth of a type of pediatric brain tumor.
This fused gene that drives pediatric brain tumors poses a triple threat, operating simultaneously through three distinct biological mechanisms—the first such example in cancer biology.

This finding potentially offers triple benefits as well—more accurate diagnoses, clues for more effective treatments and new insights into molecular processes underlying other types of cancer.

Adam C. Resnick, PhD, a neuro-oncology researcher in the division of Neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) co-authored the paper with Keith L. Ligon, MD, PhD, and Rameen Beroukhim, MD, PhD, both of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as well as co-authors from nearly 20 centers in five countries.  This type of collaborative research is what will advance discoveries quicker and help develop targeted treatments.

Low grade brain tumors are not benign and can have devastating consequences.  “Survival rates are better than in higher-grade tumors, but there may be serious consequences for a patient’s long-term quality of life, including hormone disruptions, blindness, or coma, depending on the tumor’s location. Often the tumor is in a location where it can’t be surgically removed," said CHOP neurosurgeon Phillip Storm, MD, a study co-author.

Thea's Star of Hope, along with the Pediatric Low Grade Glioma Foundation/A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation, Voices Against Brain Cancer, and Why Not Me Inc. have been long standing supporters of CHOP's collaborative low grade glioma work and helped to support this research.

To view the complete manuscript of this study, click HERE


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