Department of Neurosurgery


Researchers Announce Breakthrough in Brain Cancer Vaccine Trial

“PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Lifespan researchers say they have made a major breakthrough in fighting brain cancer.

The Lifespan Cancer Institute held a news conference at Rhode Island Hospital to present results from a vaccine trial for glioblastoma, the most common and lethal form of brain cancer.

According to researchers, the Phase III clinical trial of the DCVax-L cancer vaccine shows that it can expand the life of patients with both newly diagnosed and recurrent glioblastoma.

‘The nice thing about it is it’s non-toxic. Just like getting a vaccine for the flu or COVID that we are all familiar with,’ said Dr. Steven Toms, director of the Brain Tumor and Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program.”

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Heinrich Elinzano, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology and Medicine, Clinician Educator
Co-Director, Brain Cancer Committee
Co-Director, Brown University Oncology Research Group
Neuro-Oncology Medical Lead, Lifespan Cancer Institute