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Latest Information on Brain Tumor Treatments (PR Newswire) Because brain tumor treatments are evolving it is a challenge for patients to stay on top of the latest breakthroughs in treatment and research. - Sep 24 3:01 PM ET


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SOURCE: National Brain Tumor Foundation

Latest Information on Brain Tumor Treatments

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Because brain tumor treatments are evolving it is a challenge for patients to stay on top of the latest breakthroughs in treatment and research. In order to help patients and healthcare professionals remain abreast of these developments, Dr. Henry Friedman, Co-director of the Clinical Neuro-Oncology Program of the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, will offer the latest information on treatment and research of brain tumors during his presentation: Brain Tumor Update - A Look Ahead to the Future of Treatments and Research for Brain Tumors.

This presentation will be held at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center of San Diego, in the Garfield Theatre (4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA) on Friday , September 28th at 7:30 p.m. and is open to brain tumor survivors, family members, friends and health professionals. It is being sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF) and the San Diego Brain Tumor Institute.

During his talk, Dr. Friedman will address new areas of research including changes in the way chemotherapy is administered. "In the past, chemotherapy was injected into the blood stream," notes Dr. Friedman. "Now we are in a Phase I study in which we can inject it directly into the site of the tumor. The chemotherapy is at a higher concentration than usual and this technique is only done at a few centers around the country."

Stem cell rescue and gene therapy are also intriguing areas of cutting edge investigations. "As for gene therapy, it hasn't reached prime time yet; it's in its infancy," says Dr. Friedman. Not knowing what the future will hold for this and others areas of research adds to the excitement regarding the possibilities for further breakthroughs.

The National Brain Tumor Foundation, a sponsor of this event, is a non-profit organization that raises funds for research and provide support and information to patients and family members. For further information, please contact the National Brain Tumor Foundation at 800-934-CURE (2873) or nbtf@braintumor.org or visit their web site at www.braintumor.org.

SOURCE: National Brain Tumor Foundation

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