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Jones and Bartlett Publishers Announces the Publication of 100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors

Posted on: 10/10/2003

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Jones and Bartlett Publishers Announces the Publication of 100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors

Sudbury, MA, July 1, 2003 – Jones and Bartlett Publishers is proud to announce the publication of its new medicine title, 100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors, written by Dr. Virginia Stark-Vance, M.D., and Mary Louise Dubay.

This informative, easy-to-read book is the latest addition to Jones and Bartlett’s 100 Questions & Answers series focusing on patient education and self-help for those suffering from various types of cancer and other common diseases.

Whether a newly diagnosed brain tumor patient, a survivor, or a friend or relative of either, 100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors offers help. The only text to provide both the doctor’s and patient’s point of view, this helpful, insightful volume gives patients authoritative, practical answers to questions about treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and much more. The authors, a brain tumor survivor teamed with a neuro-oncologist specializing in brain tumors, provide a comprehensive, step-by-step discussion of what one can expect in the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors, while providing a real-life understanding of what these steps might mean for day-to-day life. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this frightening disease.

Naomi Berkowitz, Executive Director of American Brain Tumor Association, says in the preface: “Patients, caregivers, families and friends are guaranteed to learn from the answers and commentaries found here. Ms. Dubay provides commentaries on issues that only a patient would know how to address. Dr. Stark-Vance responds to questions with clarity, candor, and sound medical expertise. [100 Questions & Answers About Brain Tumors] is a valuable new tool in the patient’s battle against brain tumors –helpful, supportive, and honest. It is a must-have reference for those living in the brain tumor community.”

“Today, you need the best that medicine has to give you. And you need trustworthy information about your options presented in a way that you can understand. That is what you will find in this book,” David Kessler, M.D. and Dean at Yale Medical School, says in the foreword. “For that, Dr. Stark-Vance and M.L. Dubay deserve our thanks.”

Jones and Bartlett, an independent, family-owned publisher headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, is the eighth largest college publisher in the United States, publishing text, professional, and reference books and a variety of multimedia and online products.

Jones and Bartlett is widely recognized in the fields of mathematics, computer science, life sciences, physical sciences, health education, allied health, medicine, nursing, emergency care, emergency medical services, fire science, and criminal justice.

Author Biographies

Dr. Stark-Vance is a medical oncologist in solo practice in Dallas and Fort Worth. She received her training in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Following her fellowship, she served as a clinical investigator at the Cancer Treatment Evaluation Program of NCI and as protocol chairman for clinical trials for primary central nervous system lymphoma and ocular lymphoma. Since her return to her home state of Texas in 1996, she has continued to develop clinical trials for malignant glioma as well as lecture widely on treatment options for primary and metastatic brain tumors. Her work has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Neuro-Oncology, and she is the editor of a Web site for brain tumor patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,

Mary Louise (ML) Dubay graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1987 and lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband Duane and their dog Smokey. ML was diagnosed with an anaplastic oligodendroglioma in July of 2000. After successful surgery to remove the tumor, she underwent seven weeks of radiation therapy, and after responding favorably to two years of chemotherapy she has been able to discontinue most treatments. To this date, she remains cancer free. With the support of her co-author and medical team, ML was able to return to her career in January 2001 as Vice President of Marketing for Nortel Networks in Richardson, TX. She is a vocal advocate of brain tumor survivor support organizations and is a founding member of the survivorship program at the Baylor Richardson Cancer Center in Richardson, TX. One of her goals, through this book, is to help others realize the importance of a positive attitude and how this mindset can provide strength, courage, and hope to those that are fighting the battle of brain cancer.

Editor's Note: You can purchase this book on at: This book is excellent, and should be read by everyone dealing with brain tumors.
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