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Brain Tumor Survivors, Caregivers Gather for “Together in Hope”

Brain Tumor Survivors, Caregivers Gather for “Together in Hope”
M. D. Anderson News Release 01/21/03

Patients diagnosed with brain cancer, their loved ones and health care professionals will gather in Houston to share both support and state-of-the-art medical information during a special conference March 14-15.
“Together In Hope: A Conference for Brain Tumor Patients and Their Families” begins at noon Friday, March 14 at the Omni Hotel-Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway. The two-day event is sponsored by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the National Brain Tumor Foundation.

“The conference is designed to answer questions about the newest research on the causes and treatments for cancer of the brain and strategies for dealing with unique issues facing these patients and their loved ones,” says Raymond Sawaya, M.D., professor and chair of M. D. Anderson’s Department of Neurosurgery and director of the Brain Tumor Center.

Conference participants will attend general sessions highlighting information on pathology, surgery, the newest treatment strategies for brain cancer as well as complementary therapies and what laboratory advances can mean for future therapies. Workshop sessions are organized into four tracks and will address such topics as new chemotherapy options, managing cancer-related fatigue, and treatment of childhood brain tumors.

One conference highlight is the consultation room. There, patients can meet one-on-one with health professionals and have their individual questions answered as well as have specific problems addressed. The consultation room will be open on Friday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. 

A “Wellness Room” will offer attendees a range of complementary therapies, including guided imagery and massage. Participants also may learn from and share with others with similar diagnoses by attending support groups, specifically designed to meet a patient and/or caregiver’s needs and conditions.

Conference exhibits will offer information on products and services to brain tumor survivors, caregivers and health professionals and others interested in brain tumors, disease treatment and recovery.

For more information about the conference, prospective participants may call (713) 792-2222. The Brain Tumor Program at M. D. Anderson is one of the largest multidisciplinary clinical and research programs in the United States devoted to the development of improved treatments, and eventual cure for brain tumors. 


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