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April 27, 2016

Keyhole Surgery: Endoscopic Approach for Pituitary and Brain Tumor Removal

by Zara Jethani

What is Keyhole Surgery? In the past, traditional approaches to brain tumor removal always involved major surgery. In a recent paper published in Journal of Neuro-Ophthamology, Dr. Daniel Kelly and his colleagues detail how significant advances in surgical techniques over the past 20 years have changed...

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April 15, 2016

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Chester Griffiths’ Legacy of Care

by Zara Jethani

Dr. Chester Griffiths has a knack for making people feel at ease right away. His easy-going manner and friendly disposition complement his considerable surgical experience and expertise. Along with Dr. Daniel Kelly at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute, he is co-surgeon in endoscopic endonasal pituitary and skull base surgeries, and provides post-operative...

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April 8, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dr. Cushing!

by Sharmyn McGraw

Celebrate Cushing’s Awareness Day! Founded on April 8th to honor Neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing born on this date in 1869, Cushing’s name is commonly associated with his most famous discovery, Cushing’s disease. In a 1912 study, he reported an endocrinological syndrome caused by a malfunction of...

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March 25, 2016

The Landscape of Brain Cancer Medicine: The Next 20 years

by Zara Jethani

We are at a point in medicine where in the near future many types of cancers will be in long-term remission and will even achieve the tentative status of being cured. Funding at the national level for Precision Medicine programs, including cancer, is dramatically helping to achieve...

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March 16, 2016

PATIENT STORY: Seeing Clearly After Pituitary Adenoma Surgery

by Sharmyn McGraw

There is a pea-sized structure at the base of the brain called the pituitary gland. It doesn’t look like much and it could be easy to overlook, but don’t underestimate the power of the pituitary gland. Small, yet mighty, this “master endocrine gland” is part of the...

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February 24, 2016

Checkpoint inhibitor completes preclinical investigation

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Regen BioPharma Press Release Feb 24, 2016: Regen BioPharma, Inc., announced today the completion of experiments, in collaboration with ‪PNI‬ Neuro-oncologist and ‪JWCI‬ researcher, Dr. Santosh Kesari, demonstrating immunological mechanisms of its novel NR2F6 gene silencing approach. The Company has begun the process of compiling an...

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February 15, 2016

Adapting to a Chronic Condition

by Sharmyn McGraw

by Guest Writer Dr. 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...

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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

Rae lives on a 9000 acre ranch in Northern California, is a wife, a mother of four teenagers and is in remission after the removal of pituitary tumors which caused her to develop Cushing’s Disease. Rae grew up as an Army brat and went to 22 countries before she was 20 years old. She says, “It...

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