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WORKING TOGETHER TO FIGHT BRAIN TUMOURS: THE UK BRAIN TUMOUR SUMMER CONFERENCE - 3rd and 4th JULY 2006


Posted on: 06/04/2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 June 2006

WORKING TOGETHER TO FIGHT BRAIN TUMOURS:


THE BRAIN TUMOUR SUMMER CONFERENCE - 3rd and 4th JULY 2006




Patients, their families and carers will join clinicians, researchers and
healthcare professionals at a national brain tumour support conference on
3rd and 4th July.


The two-day event, held at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom),
features a varied, thought-provoking and informative programme. Hosted by
leading British brain tumour charities Brain Tumour UK and the Samantha
Dickson Research Trust, together with the International Brain Tumour
Alliance, this annual conference has become a notable event in the UK brain
tumour community's diary.


This year's speakers include Dr Ian Gibson MP, (Chair of the All Party
Parliamentary Group on Cancer) and Professor Rick Kaplan, Acting Director of
the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) who will present on "Strategies
for brain tumour (and other) research in the United Kingdom and the United
States." Professor Dr Stefaan van Gool of Belgium will speak about
immunotherapy for malignant high grade glioma. Consultant neurosurgeon Mr
Colin Watts and clinical oncologist Dr David Levy will also address the
conference. Brain tumour patients will share their personal stories and
other speakers will cover a range of different topics with time built in for
break-out discussions on topics of mutual interest.


Each year in the UK, more than 13,000 people of all ages are diagnosed with
brain tumours. Forty percent originate in the brain as primary tumours. The
rest spread from elsewhere in the body and affect at least 20 percent of all
cancer patients.


"The impact of a brain tumour can be devastating," said Ella Pybus of Brain
Tumour UK. "Whether it's a so-called benign brain tumour or a malignant one,
the effect on a person's physical, cognitive and intellectual abilities can
be profound.


"Our annual conference not only provides a forum in which leading brain
tumour specialists come and informally talk to patients, families and
carers, but it also gives brain tumour patients a chance to network, share
experiences and learn how to better cope with the challenges they face in
dealing with their disease.


"From past conferences we know that this event offers a valued and unique
forum for sharing information and knowledge. We hope that the conference
also offers a degree of realistic hope to those whose lives have been
touched by a brain tumour."


For further information, including full programme details and booking form,



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