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woman and her partner
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....

clinical trials road sign
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...

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

To celebrate International Brain Tumor Awareness week (October 25 – 31, 2015) and the success of so many patients, we would like to bring you the story of Roy. A resident of Rosemead, CA, Roy was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor in late 2014 and...

view out a airplane window
October 27, 2015

Traveling Internationally for Medical Care

by Daniel F. Kelly

There is a growing trend among Americans to seek affordable medical treatment options by traveling abroad for their healthcare needs. According to Patients Beyond Borders, medical travelers from the United States seek treatment for a variety of reasons including cosmetic surgery, dentistry and orthopedics, mostly...

endonasal procedure illustration
October 20, 2015

The Resilient Pituitary Gland

by Garni Barkhoudarian

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. Hormones secreted from the pituitary gland help control...

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October 13, 2015

Concussions: Looking back, looking ahead (Part 2 of 2)

by Daniel F. Kelly

For most athletes who suffer traumatic brain injury, the best medicine is rest, which gives the brain time to heal itself. But a small number of patients can experience symptoms for a year or more that include headaches, dizziness, vision and balance problems, and trouble...

concussion infographic
October 6, 2015

Concussions: Looking back, looking ahead (Part 1 of 2)

by Daniel F. Kelly

Fall means football for most high schools and colleges. But amidst the tackles and touchdowns, concussions are serious injuries that often go unrecognized and undertreated. In the past, players who were “dinged” or got “their bell rung” were simply resuscitated with smelling salts and then sent back into...

Trio of PNI surgeons
September 30, 2015

Welcome to the Pacific Neuroscience Institute Blog

by Daniel F. Kelly

It is a great pleasure to welcome our referring doctors, and our past, present and future patients to the Pacific Neuroscience Institute Blog. We’re thrilled to announce that internationally recognized expert Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD has joined us as the new Director of Neuro-Oncology. He will be heading...

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