Tumor Talk Tuesday

Since 1983, the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children (BTFC) has been committed to supporting children/families affected by brain tumor disease.  As we walk through the office doors each day, it is with great anticipation of and hope for the day that a cure for brain cancer will be found. 

In the meantime, we remain devoted to our families and making sure we continue to share hope and information along the brain tumor journey.  Here are links to articles regarding research currently being done, as well as general news regarding the brain tumor community.

According to information shared in a Science Daily article – “More Accurate Diagnosis for Leading Cancer Killer in Children May Be Possible” – researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah discovered “genetic differences in the different tumor grades that may help explain tumor development and could lead to more accurate diagnosis.”  This discovery could then lead to more specialized treatment options.

In “Vitale Tweets about Youngster’s Fundraising Efforts”, Chad Brockhoff of the Sarasota Patch writes about brain tumor survivor Andrew Lakey who organized a carwash in his local community to benefit the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children.  Dick Vitale, well known in the world of sports and advocate for those affected by cancer, learned of young Andrew’s efforts and shared the information with his many followers on Twitter.   

On May 21, 2011 CBS News reported that MLB legend, Gary Carter, was diagnosed with four brain tumors.  Carter played baseball for 19 seasons that included time with the Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Dodgers and Giants.  NOTE:  After the initial story by CBS News, Carter learned that he has a highly malignant form of brain cancer – glioblastoma.

In the most recent issue of The New Yorker, an essay by acclaimed author Aleksandar Hemon, “The Aquarium,” depicts his family’s brief, yet painful journey with brain tumor disease.  Hemon’s 9-month-old daughter was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and sadly, lost her battle with the disease.  NOTE:  The links only offer an excerpt of the essay followed by a review.  You can purchase a copy of The New Yorker or subscribe online to read the complete essay.

Disclaimer:  The information provided is not intended to provide medical advice or any sort.  Views expressed in the above-mentioned articles do not necessarily reflect those of the staff and board of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children.

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Founded in 1983, BTFC was the first nonprofit in the U.S. to focus on brain cancer in children. Our mission is to support patients and their families.
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