The Genetic Sequence, Which Is Responsible For The Occurrence Of Medulloblastoma In Children – Part 2 of 3
This surprised the researchers, given that prior work had not suggested a large genetic difference between childhood and adult malignancies. The discovery could help improve the way MB is classified and treated. “We now have the pieces of the perplex which are altered in this particular tumor type. And what we have to do is figure out how these pieces can be put together and come up with new avenues for targeted therapies that take advantage of these differences”.
At least one expert, Dr Isabelle M Germano, governor of the brain tumor treatment program at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, agrees that the finding gives researchers a unheard of leg up on a killer disease. “Theoretically this study – which postulates that because there are fewer mutations it might be easier to target those mutations – could raise hope for finding a more successful way of dealing with MB”.
So “this is an betterment in our understanding of what we’re dealing with. And once we understand better the mechanisms at the base of this illness, it becomes more possible to develop treatment options … or, if possible, even foil it from occurring in the first place”.