Brain Tumor Forum Empowers Patients and Caregivers

Leading experts from the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) spoke to brain tumor patients and caregivers at a recent conference about the progress being made in research and resources available to them. The “Brain Tumor Patient & Caregiver Forum: Coping with Issues Facing Patients and Their Caregivers” also offered patients and families an opportunity to exchange coping strategies and personal stories.

NBTI advanced practice nurse, Meg Schwartz, opened the event with a presentation about the history of brain tumor treatment and progress made over the past few decades.

Following her presentation, NBTI neurosurgeon and researcher Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, discussed clinical trials for a new vaccine to treat brain tumors. He also spoke about “awake surgery” and a new navigational system for skull base tumor removal. This new technology allows Parsa, the Chair of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Medicine and a member of the Lurie Cancer Center, to see more detailed images of the tumor during surgery, which ensures better accuracy in tumor removal.

Northwestern Medicine registered dietician, Holly Herrington, spoke about the importance of good nutrition during cancer treatment.

The forum ended with break-out discussion group sessions, allowing brain tumor patients and caregivers to share and connect with others facing similar challenges.

To learn more about the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute or to schedule an appointment, visit www.braintumorinstitute.org.