SU2C-St. Baldrick Pediatric Team Finds New Target in Neuroblastoma
Scientists supported by the Stand Up To Cancer-St. Baldrick’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Dream Team have identified a promising new target for possible treatment of neuroblastoma, the most common cancer in infants. “We have built a strong foundation for developing a completely new and hopefully much less toxic treatment for neuroblastoma,” said John M. Maris, MD, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) who is leader of the Dream Team and supervised a study published in Cancer Cell, a prestigious scientific journal. Crystal Mackall, MD, associate director of the Stanford Cancer Institute and co-leader of the Dream Team, is also a co-author of the paper. Maris, Mackall,and colleagues identified a protein that occurs on the surface of the tumor cells and then developed a combination of an antibody that zeroes in on the protein and a chemotherapy drug that attacks the DNA in the tumors while sparing healthy tissue.