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December 30, 2016

Precision Medicine Turns a Corner

by Zara Jethani

For many decades, cancers have been described—and even treated—according to the type of organ from which the cancer arises, such as lung, breast or brain. But increasingly doctors are looking at genetic information to determine how to best treat their patients and increase the chances...

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December 25, 2016

PATIENT STORY: The Evolving Role of Caregivers

by Zara Jethani

Like many people, Alice Beirne was unprepared to become a cancer caregiver. But with hope and determination, Alice and a team of relatives stepped in to help a loved one navigate through a year of cancer treatment and recovery. “It’s a journey, and every day...

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December 21, 2016

Cervical Dystonia: A Pain in the Neck

by Melita Petrossian

An under-recognized cause of neck pain and muscle spasm Many of our patients tell us that prior to being seen by us, their symptoms were dismissed by physicians or other providers. Because many movement disorders show no abnormalities on blood testing or imaging, patients are...

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December 10, 2016

John Wayne Cancer Institute Welcomes New Faculty Members

by Zara Jethani

Pacific Neuroscience Institute (PNI) and the John Wayne Cancer Institute (the Institute) have a very close relationship. PNI physician scientists conduct research and clinical trials in collaboration with the Institute’s scientists and the Pacific Neuroscience Research Center of Excellence is housed in the Institute building. These physicians...

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December 4, 2016

Supporting a Cure for Brain Cancer

by Zara Jethani

A review of new research and treatments for brain cancer in 2016  TJ was diagnosed with a stage III Astrocytoma brain tumor at the age of 14. Even after four brain surgeries, several courses of radiation over 5 years, many kinds of chemotherapy, experimental treatments,...

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December 3, 2016

Daniel F. Kelly, MD, Awarded 2016 Hospital Physician Leadership Award

by Guest Author

SANTA MONICA, CA – Daniel F. Kelly, M.D., professor of neuroscience and neurosurgery at the John Wayne Cancer Institute and director of the Pacific Brain Tumor Center and Pituitary Disorders Center at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, was awarded the 2016 Hospital Physician Leadership Award...

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December 1, 2016

Clinical Trials Round-Up: December 2016

by Zara Jethani

We have added a new clinical trial to our roster of brain tumor trials at the Pacific Neuroscience Research Center at PNI. NEW CLINICAL TRIAL Orbus Therapeutics (NCT02796261): A Randomized Phase 3 Open-Label Study To Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Eflornithine With Lomustine Compared to Lomustine...

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