American Brain Tumor Association’s 2013 Patient & Family Conference is all about You

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National brain tumor experts to discuss trends in patient-centered health care.

Personalized medicine and patient-centered health care are becoming increasingly important topics as medical advances are enabling researchers to identify which treatment will be most effective in individual patients by matching the patient’s genetic make-up with optimal treatment and care.

The American Brain Tumor Association’s 2013 Patient & Family Conference, taking place in Chicago on Fri., July 26 and Sat., July 27, will have sessions highlighting these two emerging trends and what patients and caregivers need to know.

“When people hear the words, ‘it’s a brain tumor,’ their world stops. They are trying to process the diagnosis, and understand a new and different vocabulary, while under pressure to make difficult decisions about their course of treatment,” said Elizabeth Wilson, ABTA president and CEO. “These sessions will help to empower patients and caregivers to better understand their diagnosis, be able to ask critical questions and work with their health care team to ensure the best care possible.”

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and speak with prominent national experts from such prestigious institutions as Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, Emory University, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Ohio State University and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The presenters will be available for Q&A sessions at the conclusion of their sessions.

The 2013 American Brain Tumor Association Patient & Family Conference is being held at the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel, 8500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago. To register, visit or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

Sponsors for the 2013 Patient & Family Conference include Genentech, Inc., Northwest Biotherapeutics, The University of Chicago Medical Center, Alexian Brothers Neuroscience Institute, Cleveland Clinic Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Novocure Inc., Procure Proton Therapy Center, The Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute and The Ohio State University.

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Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing support and education programs for all tumor types and all age groups. For more information, visit

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