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Go Gray In May
May 2, 2021

Go Gray in May for Brain Tumor Awareness

by Zara Jethani

Raise awareness for brain tumor treatment and research by wearing GRAY ribbons, clothes, and masks. Be sure to help spread the word to friends, family, and colleagues.

A Few Facts about Brain Tumors

  • Approximately 80% of cancers may metastasize to the brain, these include melanoma (where nearly 50% of cases will metastasize to the brain), lung, breast, renal, and colorectal cancers. (
  • An estimated 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor, 70% are benign, 30% are malignant, and 45% of malignant tumors are Glioblastoma. (

Care at Pacific Brain Tumor Center

US News & World Report Award

Pacific Neuroscience Institute’s team of brain tumor experts provide comprehensive treatment and care for patients with all types of brain tumors. These include benign and malignant brain tumors, skull base tumors, and metastatic brain tumors that arise from cancers elsewhere in the body.

With expertise in maximally effective and minimally invasive keyhole and endoscopic surgery, leading-edge brain cancer treatments and clinical trials, stereotactic radiation treatment and hormone replacement therapy, patients receive personalized care for these complex conditions, while focusing on quality of life.

Our specialists in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, head & neck surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, interventional neuro-radiology and endocrinology offer a multidisciplinary approach to these disorders.

Supporting Awareness: May Calendar of Events

PNI’s affiliated hospital Providence Saint John’s Health Center presents the following calendar of events featuring many of PNI’s brain tumor experts.

  • Make a 15 second video to post on social media and tag us!
    @pacificneuro @providencecalifornia 
    #pacificneuro #pacificbraintumor #gograyinmay #providencecares
  • May 2nd through May 4th
    Akanksha Sharma, MD, Heads to the Hill – Getting Involved
    To meet with policy makers to discuss issues important to the brain tumor community & advocate for change to improve accessibility to therapies, research, and work towards a cure. (Click here for more info)
  • May 7th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Optimizing Surgical Recovery – A Discussion
    Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, Walavan Sivakumar, MD and Jensine Yang, Registered Dietitian discuss Surgery & Impact of Nutrition On Outcomes
  • May 13th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    What to Expect During Treatment – A Discussion
    Robert Wollman, MD, Caroline Sarafin, MSW, Theresa Martello, RN Navigator, & Timotea Lara, NP
  • May 21st from 12:00pm to 100:pm
    Clinical Trials, Finding Wellness & Thriving – A Discussion
    Naveed Wagle, MD, Shanthi Gowrinathan MD, Joseph Greenberg, LCSW, and Akanksha Sharma, MD
  • May 25th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Game Changing Technologies for Brain Cancer – A Discussion
    Neil Martin, MD, Santosh Kesari, MD, Garni Barkhoudarian, Naveed Wagle, MD, Alexandre Wojcinski, PhD
  • May 25th from 4:00 to 5:00pm
    Brain Cancer Talk & Q&A – A Discussion
    Join Dr. Lisa M. Chaiken, Radiation Oncologist, for Brain Cancer Talk & Q&A. Dr. Chaiken, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, will share her expertise on brain cancer and answer your questions. You can also email questions ahead of the event. Everyone is welcome to this free community event but will require registration to receive the Zoom link.
  • May 26th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    Saint John’s Campus Walk, Roll, or Ride for Brain Tumor Awareness Month – An Outdoor Event
    No registration is required.  Remember to hydrate and ask a friend to join you.  Bring your posters and wear lots of gray to help raise awareness!
  • May 27th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
    Expressive Art Workshop Explore Mindfulness with Art toward Gratitude and Wellness – A Creativity Workshop
    To register, contact Cancer Support Services 310-829-8648.
    Space is limited and art kits will be available for pick up by registered participants.

Do you have questions about any of these events?

Find out more at 310-829-8648

About the Author

Zara Jethani, MS, MBA

Zara Jethani

Zara is the marketing director at Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Her background is in molecular genetics research and healthcare marketing. In addition, she is a graphic designer with more than 20 years experience in the healthcare, education and entertainment industries.

Last updated: November 19th, 2021