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

Ute Bartels, Cynthia Hawkins, Gilbert Vézina, Larry Kun, Mark Souweidane, Eric Bouffet

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Volume105
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • DIPG
  • Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma
  • Think tank

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research

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