Wednesday September 19, 2018

Deadliest Brain Cancer: Glioblastoma

At Texas A&M University in College Station, researchers are looking to see whether they can disrupt the body's production of a protein associated with tumor growth.

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A high-magnification image from a 2012 glioblastoma case is seen as an example in this College of American Pathologists image released from Northfield. VOA
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U.S. Senator John McCain’s death from glioblastoma on Saturday brought new attention to the most deadly type of brain cancer.

The National Brain Tumor Society says 80 percent of brain tumors are benign, but a glioblastoma tumor grows rapidly, and it returns after treatment. It usually affects adults, especially men over age 50, but women and even children can develop this type of cancer.

Glioblastoma begins in glial cells that surround and support nerve cells. Because glioblastoma spreads so quickly, the sooner the cancer is diagnosed, the more treatment options a patient has.

Symptoms can include headaches, seizures, memory loss, changes in personality, changes in vision, and difficulty speaking or understanding conversations. The tumor can also affect coordination.

Glioblastoma is generally considered incurable because it is difficult to remove all of cancer during surgery, which is why it can grow back. Surgery is usually the first treatment, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. McCain’s treatment included these three options.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. VOA

Drugs used to treat patients with this type of cancer have lengthened patients’ lives over the past two decades. The National Cancer Institute reports that in the mid-1990s, the average survival rate was eight to 10 months. With new drugs patients now live between 15 and 18 months on average. McCain’s tumour was diagnosed in July 2017. He died little more than a year later.

The National Cancer Institute says survival has also improved slightly. In the mid-1990s, essentially no one with glioblastoma survived five years after diagnosis, now 15 per cent of patients do, a very small proportion compared with survival rates for most other types of cancer.

Researchers are looking for new ways to treat glioblastoma. Those at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, are using a modified polio vaccine with promising results. In the first part of a clinical trial, 21 percent of the patients survived for three years after being treated.

At Texas A&M University in College Station, researchers are looking to see whether they can disrupt the body’s production of a protein associated with tumor growth.

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Other research involves seeing whether the body’s own immune system could fight off the cancer cells.

The National Brain Tumor Society issued a statement on McCain’s death. It said the society was “profoundly saddened” and called for a national effort to combat the disease. (VOA)

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Avery Ranch Golf Club Is the Pride of Central Texas

With everything the Avery Ranch Golf Club has to offer, why choose anywhere else?

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The club has a fantastic view of Brushy Creek and other beautiful areas nearby.

The Avery Ranch Golf Club, in central Texas, is a renowned golf course that hosts yearly tournaments. The ranch is consistently one of the best rated sites in the state thanks primarily to the great course conditions, fabulous local attractions and accommodations. Many companies and fundraising organizations use the course because of the locale and hospitality. Avery Ranch’s local golf tournaments are an experience to remember.

The Avery Ranch Course was designed by Andy Raugust, former architect for Jack Nicklaus. At Avery Ranch, golfers can enjoy the rolling hills, panoramic view and a 50-acre lake, all on an 18-hole course. The course can be a bit of a challenge in the beginning, but it ends with a 477 yard 4-par on the 18th hole.

There are many benefits to using Avery Ranch Golf Club, with the group benefits being among the best reasons.

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Call them today for additional details. A convenient online store is also available.
  • Enjoy reduced rates on green fees, range balls, cart fees and practice facilities.
  • Onsite food and beverage liaisons will help you and your guests with banquet room accommodations after play.
  • Full service restaurant for your catering needs.
  • PGA golf assistants will help with pairings, room assignments, charts, court set up and scoring.

The Pro Shop offers the highest quality equipment and apparel in the area. Find some of the best gear in the business by Nike, Titlest, Under Armour, Addidas, Foot Joy and much more.

The practice facilities are complete with a two-tiered Tee Box with manicured grass. The box measures 100 yards wide and 75 feet deep. Two separate putting greens, with over 20,000 square feet of area, are available for your short game. The area is maintained to duplicate course conditions.

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The Avery Ranch Course was designed by Andy Raugust, former architect for Jack Nicklaus.

The onsite Sunset Bar and Grill overlooking Avery Lake offers scrumptious burgers and fries, as well as appetizers, entrees and salads. Enjoy cold beer on tap and choose from a long list of other alcoholic beverages. The grill can also be rented out for corporate events, parties, weddings and other private activities.

The Player’s Club is a great option with two membership levels, giving you the opportunity to work on your game according to your schedule. There is a Bronze Level and a Silver Level that you can enroll in based upon the benefits you need. In the Bronze Level, the player has unlimited use of practice area at a small monthly cost with one free golf round per month. Bronze members also receive a 20% discount on any additional green fees, tee time reservation for five days and two free beers after each round. The Silver Level has the same benefits as the bronze level, but with two free golf rounds per month rather than one. The Player’s Club also offers discounts and state of the art chipping, putting and pitching areas for your convenience.

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The practice facilities are complete with a two-tiered Tee Box with manicured grass.

Make your dreams come true with a fairytale wedding at the Avery Ranch Golf Club. The club has a fantastic view of Brushy Creek and other beautiful areas nearby. Your wedding will take place at the 4,000 square foot Lakeview Event Center which holds 200 guests. The Lakeview Room is also equipped with a private, tree-covered deck that overlooks the Infinity Pool. The Sunset Club House, which holds 60 guests, is the perfect place to hold your reception.

With everything the Avery Ranch Golf Club has to offer, why choose anywhere else? Call them today for additional details. A convenient online store is also available.