Families need to understand the complexity of a brain tumor diagnosis and the importance of working with a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals to treat the whole child, not just the tumor.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is hosting a free webinar, “Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Treating Pediatric Brain Tumors,” on Tuesday, February 26, at 2 p.m. CST. Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, clinical director of neuro-oncology at Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, is the presenter.
The session is part of the ABTA’s monthly webinar series addressing topics of interest to brain tumor patients and caregivers.
“When we talk about pediatric brain tumors, it’s important to understand that we’re not just talking about survival,” notes Diana Sullivan, RN, director of national programs and services for the ABTA. “We need to look at the quality of survivorship, and the long-term effects that may show up months, years or even decades following diagnosis and treatment. Families need to understand the complexity of a brain tumor diagnosis and the importance of working with a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals to treat the whole child, not just the tumor.”
Dr. Kieran will discuss the latest treatments—including personalized or targeted therapies—for childhood brain tumor patients, with a focus on the importance of a team approach when treating children with brain tumors. Dr. Kieran’s presentation will be followed by an online Q & A session.
To register for the webinar, go to http://www.abta.org/understanding-brain-tumors/webinars.html.
This upcoming webinar is just one of the ABTA’s resources for those caring for children with brain tumors. In April, the ABTA will host an educational webinar on neuro-cognitive issues related to pediatric brain tumors. Additionally, the ABTA’s website has a section dedicated to pediatric brain tumors, with information on tumor types, treatments and long-term effects, talking to your family and other children, returning to school, and more.
The American Brain Tumor Association’s licensed health care professionals are also available to answer questions and provide information through the ABTA CareLine at 800-886-ABTA (2282) or via email at abtacares(at)abta(dot)org.
All of the ABTA’s educational webinars are recorded and available free of charge at the Anytime Learning section of the ABTA website at http://www.abta.org/understanding-brain-tumors/anytime-learning/.
About the American Brain Tumor Association
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national nonprofit brain tumor organization dedicated to providing both support services to brain tumor patients and their families, and the funding of brain tumor research. For more information, visit http://www.abta.org.
About Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center
Since 1947, Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have provided comprehensive care for children and adolescents with cancer through Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. The two Harvard Medical School affiliates share a clinical staff that delivers inpatient care at Boston Children’s and outpatient therapies at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. To learn more, visit http://www.danafarberchildrens.org.
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