June 6, 2006

CONTACT: Olivia Fermano
(215) 349-5653
olivia.fermano@uphs.upenn.edu


Media Advisory
Brain Tumors: Confronting the Challenge Together
A One-Day Seminar for Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers

WHAT:

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Brain Tumor Society present a one-day seminar designed for pediatric and adult brain tumor patients, survivors, and their caregivers.

Topics will include…

  • Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Latest Advances in Standard and Experimental Therapies
  • Integrative Medicine: What You Should Know About
    Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Helping Families Cope: Dealing with Effects of Brain Tumors and Their Treatment in Children and Adolescents
  • Emerging Strategies in Treatment
  • Putting It All Together: A Brain Tumor Case Conference
WHEN: Saturday, June 17, 2006 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
WHERE: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (map)
Biomedical Research Building (BRB) II/III - Ground Floor Auditorium
Curie Boulevard and Osler Way, Philadelphia, PA
WHY: This year, more than 200,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. The brain – the organ of the body that controls the functions of all other organs – is responsible for the experience of the five senses and is the seat of thought, emotion, language, personality, creativity, and of course, memory. Because of their location in this extraordinarily complex and vital organ, brain tumors present unique challenges for patients, physicians, and caregivers alike. The Brain Tumor Society and The Brain Tumor Program of Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center are committed to helping patients, survivors, and their caregivers cope with the medical and psychosocial challenges of treatment and survivorship.

Registration is available on-line at: www.tbts.org. Click on “One-Day Seminar Series.” Or call: (800) 770-TBTS (8287). An all-inclusive fee of $25 per person includes breakfast, lunch and parking.

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The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1973 as a center of excellence in cancer research, patient care, education and outreach. It is one of a select group of only 39 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States and is one of the top five in National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding. Home to one of the largest clinical and research programs in the world, the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania has 300 active cancer researchers and 300 full-time Penn physicians involved in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. For more information about specific types of cancer, cancer treatment, clinical trials, and research advances, visit the Abramson Cancer Center’s resource on www.penncancer.org or OncoLink at www.oncolink.org.

The Brain Tumor Society (BTS) was founded in 1989 as a national nonprofit organization to provide hope and comfort to patients, survivors and families. BTS improves the quality of life of brain tumor patients, survivors and their families by providing access to psychosocial support, information and resources. BTS also raises funds to advance carefully-selected research projects to enhance treatments and to find a cure. It has granted $9 million in research grant awards, including $1.8 million last year alone. Visit www.tbts.org for more information about BTS programs and services and for access to some of its free informational resources, including the monthly e-newsletter Head Lines, quarterly newsletter Heads Up, and the Color Me Hope Resource Guide for patients and families.

PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.


This release is available online at http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/jun06/BTSsemMA.htm