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Brain Tumor Awareness Month


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May marks the recognition of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since its establishment in 2008, community organizations and support groups celebrate this month with increased efforts to raise awareness of brain tumors, increase funding for research and educate the public on symptoms and treatment options.

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month

  1. 1. Brain  Tumor     Awareness  Month     About  brain  tumors  and  treatment    2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  2. 2. What is a Brain Tumor? The  growth  of  abnormal  cells  in  the  Issues  of  the  brain.  Brain  tumors  can  be  benign   (not  cancer)  or  malignant  (cancer).     •  There  are  more  than  120  different  types  of  brain  tumors;  some  are  malignant  (cancer),  many  are   benign  (non-­‐cancerous).         •  The  Central  Brain  Tumor  Registry  es?mates  66,290  new  cases  of  primary  non–malignant  and   malignant  brain  and  central  nervous  system  tumors  will  be  diagnosed  in  the  United  States  in  2012.       •  A  large  number  of  brain  tumors  are  metastaIc.  Metasta?c  brain  tumors  begin  as  a  cancer  elsewhere   in  the  body  and  migrate,  or  metastasize,  to  the  brain.      2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  3. 3. Symptoms of a Brain Tumor No  screening  tests  exist  for  early  brain  tumor  detec?on.  These  tumors  can  be  hard  to   diagnose  some?mes,  as  their  symptoms  mimic  other  diseases.       Common  symptoms  of  brain  tumors:       •  New  or  increasingly  severe  headaches   •  Changes  in  vision     •  Nausea  or  vomi?ng   •  Abnormal  fa?gue   •  Tremors  or  seizures   •  Speech  problems   •  Memory  loss     •  Personality  changes   •  Weakness  on  one  side  of  the  body   •  Sudden  facial  paralysis   •  Impaired  sense  of  balance  and  problems  with  spa?al  orienta?on      2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  4. 4. How are brain tumors treated? There  are  several  treatment  op?ons  available  for  those  diagnosed  with  brain  tumors,  including   chemotherapy,  radia?on  therapy,  conven?onal  surgery  and  stereotac?c  radiosurgery.   Radia?on  Therapy:  Usually  a   Chemotherapy:  Usually  administered   secondary  treatment  following  surgery.   as  a  secondary  treatment  following   Can  be  noninvasive  or  invasive  and   surgery  or  radia?on  therapy.   possibly  damage  normal  cells  as  well  as   cancer  cells.     Conven?onal  Surgery:  Open   surgery  can  benefit  pa?ents  with  a   Stereotac?c  Radiosurgery:   single  brain  tumor  that  can  be  safely   Delivers  precisely  targeted,  high-­‐dose   accessed  and  who  don’t  have  cancer   radia?on  to  brain  tumors  and  lesions   elsewhere  in  the  body.   without  surgery  or  seda?on.  2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  5. 5. How can I help? •  Educate  Yourself:  Learn  more  about  brain   tumors  and  treatment  op?ons   •  Get  Ac?ve:  Find  a  walk,  run,  or  other   community  event  in  support  of  brain   tumor  research.     •  Speak  Up:  Tweet,  update  your  status,  or   talk  to  friends  about  brain  tumor   awareness.   Visit  the  Na?onal  Brain  Tumor  Society  or  the   American  Brain  Tumor  Associa?on  for  more   informa?on.  2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850
  6. 6. Our CenterPhiladelphia  CyberKnife  established  the  first  CyberKnife  program  in  the  greater  Philadelphia  area  and  has  one  of  the  most  experienced  CyberKnife  clinical  teams  in  the  region.  The  center  is  ac?vely  engaged  in  research  and  has  treated  more  than  1,500  pa?ents  from  around  the  United  States  and  other  countries.  Philadelphia  CyberKnife  is  a  service  of  Delaware  County  Memorial  Hospital  (DCMH),  a  member  of  the  Crozer-­‐Keystone  Health  System.   Medical  Director:  Dr.  Luther  Brady     Associate  Medical  Director:  Dr.  John  Lamond     DCMH  Chief  of  RadiaIon  Oncology:  Dr.  Rachelle  Lanicano     Chief  Medical  Physicist:  Jun  Yang,  Ph.D.,  DABR     CyberKnife  Nurse:  Michael  Good       Connect  with  us    2010  West  Chester  Pike  Suite  115  Havertown,  PA  19083      (610)  446-­‐6850