Glioblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer
and also the most deadly.
and chemotherapy can buy patients time .
but in most cases .
it's no cure.
researchers have developed a high-tech laser surgery
that may have an added benefit for patients.
Martie Salt has more.
I got yellow.
THIRTY-NINE-YEAR OLD CAMPBELL LAIRD LAYRD LOVES EVERY
MINUTE OF FAMILY GAME NIGHT WITH WIFE MARTHA AND THEIR
JUST THREE YEARS AGO, CAMPBELL WAS RUNNING OUT OF
I trembled a lot.
When I would go like this.
It would go
It's a small incision, probably about the length of
my fingernail in the scalp.
A small hole in the skull about the size of a pencil
and then this laser probe gets placed into the center
of the tumor.
THE HEAT ZAPS CANCER CELLS.
BUT DOCTOR LEUTHARDT LOOT-hardt HAS ALSO FOUND AN
UNUSUAL BENEFIT TO THE LASER SURGERY.
RESEARCHERS SAY THE LASERS BREAK DOWN THE BRAIN'S
NATURAL BARRIER DESIGNED TO KEEP TOXINS OUT.
By breaking down the blood brain barrier, we now have
a window to give new type of therapies that would
otherwise not get there.
RESEARCHERS SAY THE LASER KEEPS THE BARRIER OPEN FOR
FOUR TO SIX WEEKS AFTER THE SURGERY, ALLOWING TIME
FOR CHEMO DRUGS TO WORK.
FOR CAMPBELL, THE TREATMENT HAS RESTORED HIS MOVEMENT.
THREE YEARS AGO, HE COULD BARELY HOLD A PENCIL, NOW
HE'S SKETCHING CARTOONS FOR HIS KIDS.
I think this laser ablation thing is a really good
option for people.
He's got no evidence at this time of a recurrence.
I'M MARTIE SALT, REPORTING.