NBTI Brain Tumor Awareness Calendar

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month — an opportunity for NBTI to share information about this complex disease, highlight advances in research and patient care, and meet some of the patients and caregivers that inspire the efforts of our scientists and health care providers. We'll share something new each day, so please check back often.

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Brain Caps

The Northwestern University men's swim team helped the NBTI dive into Brain Tumor Awareness Month, launching a campaign that will grow throughout the season.

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Brain Cancer Fact

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males ages 20-39 and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in females ages 20-39.

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Brain Mapping

Kristin Rae Swanson, PhD, discusses how brain mapping may impact brain tumor treatment.

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Survivor's Story

Find out why, even after a brain tumor, John Volk calls himself "one of the luckiest guys in the world."

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Chicago Spring Half Marathon

The race is sold out but you can still help the Chicago Spring Half Marathon/10K support NBTI by making a donation.

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Hats off to patients

Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute staff members donned their favorite hats as a tribute to patients during Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

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Protein Protecting Cancer Cells

A discovery by Alexander Stegh, PhD, could mark a turning point in the way physicians treat brain tumors in the future.

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National Nurses Week

We appreciate NBTI's extraordinary nurses every day, but this is a great time to thank them for all they do.

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Symptoms

People with a brain tumor may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, people with a brain tumor do not show any of these symptoms or the symptoms are caused by another medical condition. If you are concerned about a symptom or sign, please talk with your doctor.

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Focused on the Same Goal

NBTI Co-Director, Jeffrey Raizer, MD, discusses how they approach research, clinical trials and treatment as a team.

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Mother's Day

Mothers like NBTI patient Shannon Reading should be celebrated every day!

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A Social Worker Wears Many Hats

Social worker Mary Koludrovic describes how she helps NBTI's patients manage both the emotional and practical challenges they face.

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Clinical Trials

Doctors and researchers at the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute are dedicated to developing clinical trials that provide patients with effective and innovative treatment options.

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Support Group

The Northwestern Brain Tumor Support Group is a networking group for patients/survivors, families and caregivers to learn more about brain tumors, share experiences and receive support. A variety of educational topics are presented throughout the year.

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Running with GBM

Adam Crothers of Westmont, IL, recently diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is running in the May 18 Spring Half Marathon. He will be joined by his NBTI physician, Dr. Jeffrey Raizer, to help raise funds for brain tumor research.

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Baby Matthew's Story

Baby born with brain tumor celebrates 2nd birthday

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Taking it Personally

Her father's lung cancer treatment motivated Kristin Swanson, PhD, to focus her research on developing personalized models of tumor growth.

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Meg's Story

Brain tumor survivor Meg Keating describes her life as runner, young adult cancer survivor and mentor for newly diagnosed patients.

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Celebration Walk & Run

Join us June 1 at Grant Park for a memorable morning celebrating survivorship!

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Facing Forward

After a cancer diagnosis, your life may feel "like a snow globe that's shaken up, and all you see is the snow," says NBTI social worker Mary Koludrovic. "Eventually, the snow settles." See how NBTI's support group helps patients with the process.

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Research

NBTI faculty clinicians and scientists are focused on identifying and treating brain cancers early, determining factors that contribute to their development, researching new therapies and investigational drugs, developing effective new cancer treatments and enhancing patients' quality of life.

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Endoscopic Endonasl Approach

NBTI surgeons have pioneered minimally invasive are removing certain types of skull base tumors using a technique called the Endoscopic Endonasl Approach (EEA).

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Brain Tumor Vaccine

One NBTI physician, Dr. Andrew Parsa, is leading a team to study the possibility of a vaccine to prevent brain tumors.

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Phil's Story

Kudos to pituitary tumor survivor Phil Van Duyne of Roselle, IL and his NBTI surgeon, Dr. James Chandler.

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A Decade of Courage and Strength:
Irina's Story

Irina Murray has undergone six brain surgeries in the past 10 years--and NBTI nurse Mary Ellen Maher, was by her side each time.

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Northwestern Doctor Honors her Brother's Memory Through Her Actions

Ariana Nelson, MD, is raising funds for NBTI research to extend and improve the lives of brain tumor patients like her brother, Tom, and a program that allows Canine Therapy Corps to bring "Tom's Dogs" to patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Candace's Story

Meet Candace Graham from Barrington who recently survived a rare colloid cyst brain tumor which was removed by NBTI Co-Director and surgeon, Dr James Chandler

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A Collaborative Approach to Care for Children with Brain Tumors (Video)

See how NBTI's partner, the Falk Brain Tumor Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago offers highly specialized, state-of the-art care for children with brain tumors.

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Supporting Each Other

See how Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute's Support Group helps survivors and their families connect and thrive.

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Little but Mighty

Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute researchers Alexander Stegh, PhD, and Chad Mirkin, PhD, are hoping glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) will fall to the tiny but mighty nanoparticle.

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Can Math Cure Cancer?

Kristin Swanson, PhD, a pioneer in the field of mathematical neuro-oncology at NBTI, explains why she's convinced that "Every Cancer Patient Deserves Their Own Equation," in this TEDx Talk.

 

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