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How could patients with brain metastases live longer?

How could patients with brain metastases live longer?

Brussels – The number of brain metastases diagnoses is rising. It’s about time to look for more treatment options, so that we can increase the survival rates for patients with brain metastases. The Anticancer Fund launches a Request for Applications to researchers and clinicians. 

Brain tumours start in the brain, brain metastases are different, as they spread to the brain from a cancer in another part of the body. Most cancers can ultimately reach the brain. In the last years more people have been diagnosed with brain metastases, due to earlier detection, and to better treatments for their primary cancer. That’s why it’s important to devote special attention to treating brain metastases.

For this request for applications, we are interested in treating brain metastases and leptomeningeal metastases, or cancer cells that have spread to the thin layers of tissue that cover the brain and spinal cord. There’s a clear unmet need for treatments in this. We are looking for applications of interventions that are innovative and commercially neglected, because we believe we can make a difference here.

Increase survival

Patients with brain metastases urgently need more treatment options. That's why we welcome all interventions, from medicinal products to radiation modalities and surgical techniques. Or even combinations, says Rica Capistrano, Programme Director New Projects of the Anticancer Fund.

Our main goal is to increase survival or induce durable responses to the treatment.

We anticipate granting one trial, for a maximum amount of 500.000 euro. The deadline of submission is the 1st of May 2022. We intend to communicate the selected trial before the 1st of November.

We welcome applications from all over the world and don’t have geographical preferences.

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For more information about this call for projects and access to our funding guidelines, as well as to the requested Letter of Intent Form, please click here.

For specific questions about this grant, please send an email to