American Brain Tumor Association to Host Webinar on Palliative Care

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Program will cover options for improving the quality of care for brain tumor patients.

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is hosting a free webinar, “Understanding Palliative Care,” on Friday, March 29, at 2 p.m. CST. Alan Carver, MD, associate attending neurologist of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, is the presenter.

According to Diana Sullivan, R.N., director of national programs and services for the ABTA, palliative care focuses on preventing and relieving unpleasant and painful symptoms that occur in conjunction with disease or as a result of disease treatments.

“When people hear the term ‘palliative care,’ they often think solely of its end-of-life applications,” explains Sullivan. “But it is really so much more. Palliative care is a whole-person, specialized medical approach for improving the quality of life throughout the trajectory of the disease for both the patient and family.”

The "Understanding Palliative Care” webinar is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including the newly-diagnosed and those receiving more aggressive treatments, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life. Topics include how to find palliative care, how palliative care works, the types of approaches used, and who the palliative team typically includes. Dr. Carver’s presentation will be followed by an online Q & A session.

To register for this webinar, go to
This webinar is one in a series of monthly web-based educational programs offered at no charge by the ABTA.

In addition, the ABTA website has a section dedicated to palliative care, with information on talking to your doctor, your palliative care team, where to find care and more.

All of the ABTA’s educational webinars are recorded and available free of charge at the Anytime Learning section of the ABTA website.

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.

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

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