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Radically modified cells may stunt brain tumor growth

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Illustration of brain cancer

Brain cancers involve uncontrolled cell growth that forms tumors in blood vessels, cranial nerves, lymphatic tissue and other parts of the brain. They also hide behind the blood-brain barrier--a protective network of blood vessels and cells that filters foreign substances--including anticancer drugs--from easily flowing to the brain.

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Stefan Bossmann and Deryl Troyer at Kansas State University are developing a novel materials treatment method for persons with brain cancer that uses a type of white blood cell to deliver anticancer drugs to particularly virulent brain tumors.

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