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Scientists conducting research on brain cancer are focused on finding answers to important questions, such as what causes the disease, and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. Current areas of research include new anticancer drugs, doses, and treatment schedules, as well as new treatment combinations for brain cancer.

Brain Cancer Research: An Introduction

Doctors and scientists are hard at work conducting research studies on brain cancer. These studies are designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. While research has already led to many advances, scientists are continuing to search for more effective methods for dealing with the different types of brain cancer.
(Click Types of Brain Tumors for more information about different brain cancer types.)

Current Areas of Research on Brain Cancer

Brain cancer research scientists are currently testing:
  • New anticancer drugs, doses, and treatment schedules
  • Various drugs and drug combinations
  • Combining drugs and radiation therapy
  • New methods and schedules of brain cancer radiation treatment.

Brain Cancer Research: Potential Benefits of Participation

People with brain cancer who join these research studies will have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier trials. Patients who volunteer will also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about brain cancer. Although research trials may pose some risks, researchers take careful steps to protect participants.
(Click Brain Cancer Treatment for more information about options for managing this disease.)
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