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J Neurooncol. 2011 Oct;105(1):119-25. doi: 10.1007/s11060-011-0704-4. Epub 2011 Sep 8.

Proceedings of the diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) Toronto Think Tank: advancing basic and translational research and cooperation in DIPG.

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Division of Haematology/Oncology, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada. ute.bartels@sickkids.ca

Abstract

Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) nearly exclusively affects children. The prognosis of DIPGs has remained grim despite more than three decades of clinical research and numerous clinical trials. More than 90% of the children with DIPG will succumb within 2 years of diagnosis. The tumor's incidence is still undefined, but data suggest 100-150 affected children annually in the US. The single proven effective treatment modality in DIPG remains radiation therapy. For the majority of patients however this treatment is only of transient effectiveness. Recent breakthroughs in the understanding of the molecular biology of DIPG have raised new hope and opened new avenues for therapeutic options. The advancement of basic and translational research and cooperation was the objective of the Toronto Think Tank, as new approaches are urgently needed.

PMID:
21901544
DOI:
10.1007/s11060-011-0704-4
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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