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February 15, 2016

Adapting to a Chronic Condition

by Sharmyn McGraw

by Guest WriterDr. Patti Johnson It takes Two – You and Your Support Team A chronic condition is one that persists over time without an easily definable beginning, middle and end. After being diagnosed with a chronic condition, such as some types of brain cancer...

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February 8, 2016

Risk Factors: Why did I get a Brain Tumor?

by Zara Jethani

Unfortunately there is no clear answer to this question. At this time, seeking out top neurosurgeons and high quality neuro-oncological care is the only way we have of dealing of brain, pituitary and skull base tumors. Looking at risk factors can give us some insight but nothing...

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January 27, 2016

There’s a New Clinical Trial in Town

by Zara Jethani

Providence Saint John’s Health Center has opened the first Voyager device clinical trial in Los Angeles. Principal investigator, Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, and co- investigator, Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, both faculty at Saint John’s Cancer Institute and Pacific Neuroscience Institute physicians, are actively recruiting patients for...

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January 21, 2016

PATIENT STORY: A Tale of Two Cushing’s Surgeries

by Zara Jethani

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January 19, 2016

Dr. Santosh Kesari Joins PNI and the Saint John’s Cancer Institute

by Guest Author

One of nation’s foremost neuro-oncologists joins thePacific Brain Tumor Center at Providence Saint John’s Health Center DR. SANTOSH KESARI, EXPERT IN BRAIN CANCER SANTA MONICA (October 1, 2015) — Renowned neuro-oncologist Santosh Kesari, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the medical staff at Providence Saint John’s Health...

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January 18, 2016

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Santosh Kesari and Human Science

by Zara Jethani

As a youngster, Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, often wondered: “Who are we?” That philosophical question sparked his curiosity about the brain and, later, the brain-body connection. Today that fascination has evolved into a full-blown passion that’s led him to become one of the foremost neuro-oncologists...

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January 11, 2016

The Evolution of Awake Brain Surgery

by Zara Jethani

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,Raze out the written troubles of the brainAnd with some sweet oblivious antidoteCleanse the stuffed bosom of that perilous stuffWhich weighs upon the heart? – Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 3 Awake...

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January 1, 2016

Brain Cancer Breakthroughs to Build on in 2016

by Zara Jethani

Crossing the blood-brain barrier can be a good thing. The blood-barrier normally protects the brain from attack by toxins and infection. This same protective quality prevents drugs reaching areas of the brain that are affected by disease such as brain cancer. Researchers in Canada were able...

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December 14, 2015

Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian publishes a layperson’s article about The Resilient Pituitary in Atlas of Science

by Guest Author

Atlas of Science : The Resilient Pituitary Gland The pituitary gland is considered to be the “master endocrine gland”. It is a pea-sized structure located at the base of the brain, important in controlling growth and development and the functioning of the other endocrine glands....

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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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