Living With Brain Tumors

National sympsosium will provide information and education

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TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- A national symposium for brain tumor patients, survivors, their families and health-care professionals will be held this weekend at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel.

The event is the fifth national symposium of The Brain Tumor Society, and it offers direct access to experts from across the country.

Presentation topics include updates on stem cell research, radiosurgery and management and treatment of brain tumors in children and adults. There will be sessions to discuss issues such as cognitive and behavioral changes caused by brain tumors, alternative therapies and long-term survivorship.

There will also be sessions on medulloblastoma, the most frequently diagnosed tumor in children and adolescents.

Everyone attending the symposium will be invited to be part of the Hands of Hope collage -- a collection of hand outlines with messages of hope for people struggling with a brain tumor.

For more information about symposium registration, go to the The Brain Tumor Society or call 1-800-770-8287. The cost is $65 for the first registrant, and $50 for additional family members.

Each year, more than 185,000 American adults and children are diagnosed with primary or metastatic brain tumors. Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor death in children under age 20 and they're the third leading cause of cancer death in people aged 20 to 39.

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SOURCE: Brain Tumor Society, news release, September 2002

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