Due to the location of the tumor, in the brain stem, absolutely nothing can be done to date to treat it. The brain stem is situated between the brain and the spinal cord and regulates vital functions. It is not possible to operate on the brain stem and chemotherapy barely reaches the tumor located there. More info on the VONK-SEMMY research, click here.
The only available treatment to date is radiation therapy, but this form of cancer is too aggressive for this treatment and has proven to be resistant to it. Radiation can offer temporary relief however.
We therefore need to go in search of an additional treatment method that can be used in combination with radiation, in order to achieve better results.
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