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December 7, 2015

Brain Cancer Research: Stepping Stones to Brain Cancer Cure

by Zara Jethani

In August, former president, Jimmy Carter, was diagnosed with advanced melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer that spread to his liver and was found in four spots in his brain. He is being treated at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Center in Atlanta with focused...

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December 3, 2015

PATIENT STORY: My Pituitary Surgery was Truly a Team Approach

by Sharmyn McGraw

Gerald, a retired Neurologist, from Hawaii, developed a recurrent pituitary adenoma in December 2014. His success and experience with the Pacific Brain Tumor Center and Pituitary Disorders Program team have allowed him to go home back to his active lifestyle. *   *   *   *   *...

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November 30, 2015

To Smell, or Not To Smell?

by Zara Jethani

By Chester Griffiths, MD, FACSChief, Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base SurgeryPacific Brain Tumor Center “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller The organ of smell is located in the roof of the nose...

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November 24, 2015

Holiday Success and the Pituitary

by Sharmyn McGraw

By guest writer, Linda M. Rio, MA, LMFT For many in the Western world the “holidays” mean a time of gathering with family and friends, celebrating, eating, drinking, and, of course, the shopping. Those who relish every moment of Christmas, Chanukah or both may have...

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November 13, 2015

I Have a Brain Tumor. Now What? Ways to Handle a Diagnosis. (Part 2 of 2)

by Sharmyn McGraw

There are many effective treatment opinions nowadays for brain tumors and brain cancers. Sometimes staying focused on the right treatment plan for you or your loved one may involve a change of treatment plans periodically. It is normal to feel anxiety and experience the signs...

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November 12, 2015

I Have a Brain Tumor. Now What? Ways to Handle a Diagnosis. (Part 1 of 2)

by Sharmyn McGraw

One of the most difficult things to hear at your doctor’s visit is that you or someone you love has a brain tumor and/or brain cancer. It is normal to feel a whole range of emotions – disbelief, denial, shock, depression, sadness, resignation, anger and more....

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November 10, 2015

Clinical Trials: Yes or No?

by Annie Heng

Clinical trials are research studies that play a critical role in the advancement of clinical and medical knowledge about disease. Data gathered throughout a trial provides valuable insight into how to detect, prevent or treat an illness. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend...

Septorhinoplasty before and after
November 5, 2015

What is Septorhinoplasty?

by Kian Karimi

Millions of people suffer from a deviated septum, sometimes associated with narrowing of the nasal passageways. This condition leads to chronic dry mouth, increased snoring, decreased exercise tolerance, and diminished overall quality of life. A septorhinoplasty procedure is an effective way to open the nasal...

Glioblastoma infographic
October 30, 2015

New Computational Strategy Finds Brain Tumor-Shrinking Molecules

by Zara Jethani

Computer modeling identifies first-ever molecule to inhibit a transient cellular event that drives glioblastoma, and the molecule shrinks glioblastoma in mice. The optimal treatment for most gliomas is maximal surgical removal followed by radiation therapy and chemotherapy. However, patients with glioblastoma, a type of malignant...

patient roy telling his story
October 29, 2015

PATIENT STORY: Pacific Brain Tumor Center

by Sharmyn McGraw

Last updated: August 20th, 2020