Cancer: 'Tumour monorail' can lead cancers to their doom 

Cancer "monorails" can be used to kill tumours by luring them into toxic pits or areas of the body that are safer to operate on, say US researchers.

A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology designed nanofibres thinner than a human hair which cancers "choose" to travel down.

Animal studies showed brain tumours could be shrunk by tricking cancer cells into migrating down the fibres.

Cancer Research UK said it was a fascinating idea, but early days.

The team were working with difficult-to-treat brain cancers - glioblastomas, which have a tendency to spread inside the brain.

Brain cancer vaccine trial begins 

A trial has begun of a vaccine to treat an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The first patient in Europe has received the treatment at King's College Hospital in London. Robert Demeger, 62, was diagnosed with the condition earlier this year.

The personalised vaccine is designed to teach his body's immune system to fight the tumour cells.

King's is one of more than 50 hospitals - the rest are in the US - which are testing the treatment.

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Virus injection could kill brain tumour cells 

Injecting brain tumours with a virus could kill cancer cells but leave healthy cells unharmed, researchers suggest.

Scientists at the University of Leeds have been given a £3 million grant to research the method over five years.

Because the treatment is non-toxic, they hope it could be used on elderly patients and children.

Neuro-oncologist Susan Short, who is leading the project, told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast: "We're hoping that before the end of the year we can offer the treatment within clinical studies."

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