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VA Denies Coverage For US Air Force Veteran With Malignant Brain Tumor - Forbes

VA Denies Coverage For US Air Force Veteran With Malignant Brain Tumor - Forbes | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Forbes VA Denies Coverage For US Air Force Veteran With Malignant Brain Tumor Forbes The Veterans Administration health care scandal reached a new level, as the VA Inspector General office confirmed Wednesday that 1,700 veterans at the Phoenix VA...
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#BrainTumorThursday - Pls RT!  Had my wife not pushed for a special dispensation from the VA to approve the brain surgery at BCH on 1/16/14, I would probably now be dead.   #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, May 29, 2014 2:39 PM

#BrainTumorThursday - Pls RT!  Had my wife not pushed for a special dispensation from the VA to approve the brain surgery at BCH on 1/16/14, I would probably now be dead.   #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM

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The sole survivor: Fort Lee woman beats the deadliest form of brain cancer

The sole survivor: Fort Lee woman beats the deadliest form of brain cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it

Nearly a decade after learning she had only three months to live, Sandy Hillburn grabbed a taxi last Sunday to La Guardia Airport for her 111th visit to the Duke University Cancer Center. 

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#BrainTumorThursday - The Fort Lee resident signed in the next day at Duke University’s Cancer Center — her 111th visit as a participant in a clinical trial about the most lethal form of brain cancer, glioblastoma.  Hillburn is now the study’s longest, and only, survivor. #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #Glioblastoma #BTSM #Caregivers

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Team Develops Wireless, Dissolvable Sensors to Monitor Brain

Team Develops Wireless, Dissolvable Sensors to Monitor Brain | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
A team of neurosurgeons and engineers has developed wireless brain sensors that monitor intracranial pressure and temperature and then are absorbed by the body, negating the need for surgery to remove the devices.
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“However, the devices commonly used today are based on technology from the 1980s,” Murphy explained. “They’re large, they’re unwieldy, and they have wires that connect to monitors in the intensive care unit. They give accurate readings, and they help, but there are ways to make them better.” #TMI #BrainSurgery

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Florence girl diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer

Florence girl diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
A 5-year-old girl is diagnosed with DIPG, the same inoperable brain cancer that Lauren Hill had.
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#BrainTumorThursday - Just five days after her fifth birthday, Brooklyn Smith was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.  She was taken to the Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital where her family was told she had DIPG, the same diagnosis as Lauren Hill and Kyler Bradley.   #DIPG #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers   

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, January 21, 2:47 PM

Lord God there is nothing to hard for you we place this dear child in your hands covered in the blood of Jesus and touch health deliver and set free as only you can.  Lord God forgive us of each and every single even forgive her ancestors of all their iniquities and cleanse her blood lines on both sides of the family make her bloodlines white as snow.  Lord God you gave your only begotten son Jesus and He gave His life went to hell defeated death and rose on the third day with all power in His hands.  Lord God I Thank you for everything we speak life and not death into  over and throughout the life of this child in Jesus name we pray and Thank you Lord Amen Amen Amen  

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H.S. Boys Basketball: Westwood gets behind sixth-grader with rare brain tumor

H.S. Boys Basketball: Westwood gets behind sixth-grader with rare brain tumor | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Patrick Flynn, who hails from Washington Township, was the focus of the third annual Cardinals vs. Cancer Alumni Basketball Day. The sixth-grader has been in a nearly six month-long battle against a rare brain tumor and appears to be winning.
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#BrainTumorThursday - Patrick Flynn’s battle started last summer when he felt sick at a family barbecue at the Jersey Shore. He’d been suffering from headaches but his mother had a “gut feeling” that something was very wrong.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers

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Laser Ablation Makes Headway in Brain Cancer

Laser Ablation Makes Headway in Brain Cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health are making headway in a study of minimally invasive laser treatment of brain tumors focused on improving quality of life for patients who have been diagnosed with glioblastoma.
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#BrainTumorThursday - In order to deliver the best results, UC San Diego Health has a specifically designed operating room equipped with an MRI machine and a dedicated intra-operative MRI team. The role of the team is to help guide neurosurgeons in placing the laser in a specific location of a brain tumor with real-time MRI monitoring.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Glioblastoma

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Researchers identify DNA repair enzyme as a potential brain cancer drug target

Researchers identify DNA repair enzyme as a potential brain cancer drug target | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Rapidly dividing cells rely on an enzyme called Dicer to help them repair the DNA damage that occurs as they make mistakes in copying their genetic material over and over for new cells. UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer ...
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#BrainTumorThursday - "We found that when you delete Dicer, these tumors are more sensitive to DNA damage," Swahari said. "We also took the next step by injecting chemotherapy into models where Dicer was deleted, finding that not only are the tumors smaller, but the tumors are also more sensitive to chemotherapy."  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Chemotherapy 


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Star Wars director grants wish to superfan battling brain cancer

Star Wars director grants wish to superfan battling brain cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Leading the Way in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley with the most accurate and reliable news, weather, and sports coverage, along with the latest breaking news and severe weather coverage.
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#BrainTumortThursday - The latest tumor has stripped Leiker of many of his motor functions.  Leiker can no longer walk and is slowly losing the ability to talk.  “He said to his sister, I just hope God is going to let me stay long enough to see the new Star Wars movie that is coming out in December,” said Walker.   #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Schaumburg firefighters support colleague in brain cancer fight

Schaumburg firefighters support colleague in brain cancer fight | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
For most of Mike Solberg's career as a firefighter with the Schaumburg Fire Department, he has been battling brain cancer. Throughout that fight, his firefighter colleagues have been beside him and behind him. That support was evident Sunday at a benefit in Palatine.
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#BrainTumorThursday - Mike Solberg joined the Schaumburg department Oct. 12, 2012. Two weeks later, debilitating headaches led him to an emergency room, where a CT scan and an MRI revealed a brain tumor the size of an orange. #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers

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Community rallies for area teen fighting brain cancer

Community rallies for area teen fighting brain cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it

As the Cook family’s medical bills continued to grow, friends Toni Brown and Traci Branstetter stepped up to organize the fundraiser to help the family pay for Alana’s treatment.

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#BrainTumorThursday - In November, Alana was diagnosed with a papillary tumor, which is located near the back of the base of the brain.  Doctors at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis successfully removed the tumor Nov. 4 during a seven-hour operation, but now she must go through both radiation therapy and chemotherapy to prevent tumors from growing back.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Over $21K raised Sunday in honor of boy battling brain cancer

Over $21K raised Sunday in honor of boy battling brain cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Over $21,000 was raised Sunday in honor of a 10-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor.
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#BrainTumorThursday -   Kyler Bradley, a fifth-grader at Fairfield Intermediate School, was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine giloma, known as DIP-G, in October.  Doctors have been aggressively treating Klyer with radiation and oral medications in an attempt to prolong his initial life expectancy. #DIPG #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Electric Brain Field Device Slows Deadly Tumors

Electric Brain Field Device Slows Deadly Tumors | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Amy Herbst was at her son's baseball out-of-town tournament last year when she woke up with a headache that quickly grew so bad she couldn't function.
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#BrainTumorThursday - A CT scan showed it was the worst possible diagnosis — a glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain tumor.

Only about 30 percent of patients with glioblastomas are still alive two years after their diagnosis, and only 10 percent live five years. #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Couple Finds Love After Both Are Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

Couple Finds Love After Both Are Diagnosed With Brain Cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
A couple that found love in a very unlikely place has defied the odds after both were diagnosed with one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer.
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#BrainTumorThursday -  “I had my brain tumor on my right side,” explains Godshall, while Franklin joked: “And mine on the left. So if we put our heads together, we’ve got a full brain.”  Both fell for each other in a brain tumor support group.  #BrainCancer  #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Bacteria on the Brain

Bacteria on the Brain | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
A brilliant neurosurgeon offered an untested therapy to dying cancer patients. Was it innovation or overreach?
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#BrainTumorThursday - Muizelaar hadn’t seen Bradley’s latest test results. Her condition had suddenly deteriorated, and new scans revealed that her tumor—a deadly type known as glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM—had returned. It had spread from the right side of her brain to the left frontal lobe, acquiring an ominous winged shape that doctors refer to as a butterfly glioma.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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#BrainTumorThursday - The tumor had spread to his brain stem and was shortly expected to kill him. Muizelaar cut out as much of the tumor as possible. But before he replaced the “bone flap”—the section of skull that is removed to allow access to the brain—he soaked it for an hour in a solution teeming with Enterobacter aerogenes, a common fecal bacterium.   #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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KATIE HOPKINS: Today I have brain surgery to try to cure my epilepsy

KATIE HOPKINS: Today I have brain surgery to try to cure my epilepsy | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
In 30 minutes I go down for brain surgery - awake brain surgery - to try and cure me of the epilepsy which has plagued my life since I was 19, writes KATIE HOPKINS.
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My children don't want me to have an operation because they are scared for me. But I have said to them all: Don't be scared for me. I am not scared. I have lived a happy life, made complete by the three of you.  I am lucky. I wake up every day feeling glad to be alive. And that is a gift not everyone has been given. #Epilepsy #BrainSurgery





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South side newborn battling rare brain cancer

South side newborn battling rare brain cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Raylin Wasmus' first Christmas went from from a happy holiday to a horrific one.She was born on November 3. On December 27, Raylin was diagnosed with Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, a rare and aggressive brain tumor that affects about three out of milli
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#BrainTumorThursday -  A large concern for the family and doctors is not only the disease itself, but the manner in which spread throughout the newborn's body.  "Around 20 to 25 percent of the children will survive for around five years," said Dr. Mohamed Abdelbaki, an oncologist at Children's Hospital.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Ultrasound may help cancer drugs penetrate blood-brain barrier | Genetic Literacy Project

The blood-brain barrier serves as a major obstacle for treating brain cancers, but several groups are having success forcing the barrier open with ultrasound.
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#BrainTumorThursday - Imagine being diagnosed with glioblastoma(GBM) — a form of brain tumor so deadly that between about 1 to 5 percent of patients survive five years. It’s proven tremendously difficult to treat evident by the fact that the median survival rate is about 15 months. #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Glioblastoma

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How to Pray For a Daughter With Brain Cancer (Or Anyone Else You Care About)

How to Pray For a Daughter With Brain Cancer (Or Anyone Else You Care About) | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
These guidelines may be helpful for anyone who has the desire to pray for another but does not know quite how to go about it.
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#BrainTumorThursday - Finally, I know that I become more deeply bound up with Arianna, my family as a whole, with others who pray for her, and with our God, by praying for her. Whatever effect this form of entanglement has is ultimately in God's hands, but I trust it brings significant blessing and benefit no matter what happens ultimately to the cancer.   #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Prayer

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Hypnosis replaces anesthetic in brain surgery—and there’s video

Hypnosis replaces anesthetic in brain surgery—and there’s video | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it

#BrainTumorThursday - Patients under “hypnosedation” go to their happy place while skull is opened."   @BethMarieMole

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#BrainTumorThursday - The technique, which replaces general anesthetics, was used on 37 patients undergoing surgery to remove brain tumors, researchers report in the journal Neurosurgery. Though there's been little science to back up hypnotherapy, the authors conclude that their small study's success suggests hypnosis could be a viable tool to help sedate patients during delicate brain surgery.  #BrainCaner #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Family Celebrates What Could Be Child’s Last Holiday

Family Celebrates What Could Be Child’s Last Holiday | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Katherine King,6, has been going through multiple treatments for cancer.
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#BrainTumorThursday - Katherine King of Placentia, California, was diagnosed in June with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), or a brain tumor located in her brain stem, according to her mother, Jamie King.  "They gave her nine months," King said. That’s in February, which is her 7th birthday.  “Some kids don't even make it to five months," King said.  #DIPG #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Prayers requested: Pro-life leader Jeanneane Maxon diagnosed with brain cancer

Prayers requested: Pro-life leader Jeanneane Maxon diagnosed with brain cancer | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
'Very bad news,' she told Facebook followers this morning.
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#BrainTumorThursday - "It's brain cancer," she wrote. "I have a tumor that is the size of a lime that needs to come out next week. We opted to do the surgery in Dallas since the recovery can be so long. Please continue to pray."  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Ellen Surprises Family of NC Boy Battling a Brain Tumor

Ellen Surprises Family of NC Boy Battling a Brain Tumor | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Ellen first met Braylon Beam last season, and now he and his family are back with more inspiration and more dance moves. Plus, Ellen rocks their socks off with an incredible surprise.
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#BrainTumorThursday - Braylon was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in February. His father, Jess, said in September that the tumor was shrinking.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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New mom diagnosed with grade IV brain cancer remains hopeful | KSL.com

New mom diagnosed with grade IV brain cancer remains hopeful | KSL.com | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
New mom Kristin Sumbot, 25, received a devastating diagnosis just days after giving birth to her baby boy. Though she was given just 16 months to live, those around her are praying and hoping for a miracle.
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#BrainTumorThursday - The pressure she'd been feeling in her head, and subsequent brain bleed and surgery, were due to glioblastoma multiforme — a deadly and aggressive brain tumor. Lying in her hospital bed while cradling her newborn baby, Sumbot was given just 16 months to live. #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers 

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Meet the Miracle Cancer Drug That Cured Former President Jimmy Carter -- The Motley Fool

Meet the Miracle Cancer Drug That Cured Former President Jimmy Carter --  The Motley Fool | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Cancer immunotherapies prove their worth, with one in particular ridding former president Jimmy Carter of metastatic melanoma.
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#BrainTumorThursday - But, there's another side to the tale of fighting cancer -- one of hope. Based on the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Facts and Figures 2015" report, we're witnessing slow but steady progress in terms of improving quality of life and length of life for most cancer types.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers

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Lung cancer patient beats odds, becomes case study

Lung cancer patient beats odds, becomes case study | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Samantha Mixon is moving forward with plans for the future after already beating the odds given to most stage IV lung cancer patients.
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#BrainTumorThursday -   After he removed her brain tumor, her oncologist started Mixon on Tarceva, a targeted chemotherapy drug, which she still takes. For now, she's considered cancer-free.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Experimental brain cancer treatment offers family hope

Experimental brain cancer treatment offers family hope | Brain Tumors | Scoop.it
Doctors are delivering chemotherapy drugs directly into the tumors of people with a highly aggressive form of brain cancer
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#BrainTumorThursday - A catheter is placed in the patient's groin and threaded to the brain, so that a higher amount of the drug goes directly to the tumor. "And thereby limiting exposure to the rest of your body of that drug," Boockvar explained.  #BrainCancer #BrainTumor #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, December 4, 2015 1:03 AM

Thanks be to God for new knowledge and wisdom to create healing methods for the natural healing of brain cancer.  Thank you Lord God