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13. New Hope on Vanquishing a Relentless Killer | Dr. Santosh Kesari

Episode Summary

Ted Kennedy. John McCain. Beau Biden. They all died after developing a brain cancer called glioblastoma. If there’s one cancer you don’t want to get, it’s this one. Unlike other cancers that often develop as lumps with defined margins in the breast, say, glioblastomas not only present with a central mass but also send out microscopic tendrils into the brain, making them impossible to remove completely without damaging our most critical organ. Worse yet, it’s hard to get powerful cancer drugs past the blood-brain barrier to attack glioblastomas. But Dr. Santosh Kesari, MD, Ph.D., is more optimistic now about treating this dread disease than he has been at any time in his career. Neurosurgeons have better technologies allowing them to better remove what they can, and neuro-oncologists like Dr. Kesari have promising new therapies available like immunotherapies and targeted treatment protocols. Listen to our conversation with Dr. Kesari to find out what treatments make him believe that big breakthroughs are on the horizon for treating this tricky, and tragic, disease. For more information: pacificneuro.org | (310) 582-7640