High-grade gliomas commonly develop resistance to radiotherapy treatment, leading to poor survival outcomes for patients. However, Dr Shen and his fellow researchers have found that the body’s sleep/wake cycle interacts with tumour metabolism and cancer cell growth.
Dr Shen’s study has found that the time of day at which radiotherapy is administered, can affect treatment outcomes for high-grade glioma patients. Their findings suggest that administering radiotherapy, at times conducive to the patient’s sleep cycle, could improve treatment outcomes.
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