Newswise — LOS ANGELES (Aug. 26, 2014) – The Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery will present a one-day conference, Outsmarting Brain Tumors, for patients, families and caregivers Saturday, Sept. 6. The free program will cover a wide range of topics related to patient care, living with a brain tumor, the latest treatments, new research findings and clinical trials. The conference will be held in Cedars-Sinai’s Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Plaza Level, Pavilion Education Center, 127 S. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles.
Educational sessions will include:
Breakthroughs in cancer immunotherapy
New technologies in surgery and classification of brain tumors
An update on the latest news in brain tumor research
Genomics and the concept of personalized medicine in brain cancer treatment
Nutritional and supplemental support
Wellness: thriving with brain cancer
Navigating the information highway
Getting involved in activities and events to raise awareness and funds for research
“Through our eyes,” with a panel of patients who are brain tumor survivors
The role of radiation therapy
The role of chemotherapy, and clinical trial options
Participants will be able to choose from two breakout sessions in the afternoon. Those attending Session A will learn how to improve quality of life through rehabilitation, and how to navigate social services to get back to work and life. Session B will feature presentations on meningiomas and pediatric brain tumors.
The day’s program will be directed by Keith Black, MD, chair and professor of the Department of Neurosurgery, and Surasak Phuphanich, MD, professor of neurology and director of the Neuro-Oncology Program. Black, who directs the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and the Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center, is the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neuroscience.
Additional speakers will include:
Arash Asher, MD, director of cancer survivorship and rehabilitation at Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
Pramod Butte, MBBS, PhD, assistant professor and research scientist in the Department of Neurosurgery
Ray Chu, MD, neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai
Moise Danielpour, MD, director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Program and the Vera and Paul Guerin Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai
David Esquith, licensed clinical social worker and manager of medical social work at Cedars-Sinai
Jethro Hu, MD, neuro-oncologist at Cedars-Sinai
Stephanie Meyer, licensed clinical social worker at Cedars-Sinai
Amin Mirhadi, MD, radiation oncologist at Cedars-Sinai
Miriam Nuno, PhD, assistant professor and senior biostatistician at Cedars-Sinai
Veronica Porsche, PsyD, clinical psychologist at Cedars-Sinai
Jeremy Rudnick, MD, neuro-oncologist at Cedars-Sinai
Stephen Shiao, MD, PhD, radiation oncologist at Cedars-Sinai
Mary Hardy, MD, guest faculty from Wellness Works and the Stiles Center for Integrative Oncology
The conference, lunch and parking in Lot 4, adjacent to the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, are free. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771) or visit http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/neuroconferences.
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