Seminar Series Focuses on Advances in Brain Tumor Treatments

Cincinnati Children’s/UC Health Proton Therapy Center

Cincinnati—Aug. 30, 2018—A diagnosis with cancer is one of the scariest things a person can encounter. A brain cancer diagnosis is even more daunting.

But experts within the University of Cincinnati (UC) Brain Tumor Center, which is part of the UC Gardner Neuroscience and UC Cancer Institutes, say there are many advances in the field that could help patients with this illness, and they’re educating the community on these developments during a new spotlight series.

The first talk in the series, titled “Novel Therapies for Malignant Brain Tumors,” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Cincinnati Children’s/UC Health Proton Therapy Center, 7777 Yankee Road, Liberty Township. The event is free and open to the public.

Topics will include proton therapy, Optune® therapy, new surgical techniques and ways the ketogenic diet works with other treatment options. The seminar will end with a Q&A session featuring four brain tumor experts from UC Health and a tour of the Proton Therapy Center.

Proton therapy is a form of radiation treatment used for certain types of cancers and lymphomas. A major advantage over traditional forms of radiotherapy is its ability to deliver radiation to a tumor with remarkable precision, sparing healthy tissues. The Cincinnati Children’s/UC Health Proton Therapy Center, which opened in 2016, is the only facility of its kind locally and only one of about 28 in the country; it also houses the world’s only gantry (treatment room) solely dedicated to research.

“The field of cancer, particularly as it relates to the treatment of brain cancers, has changed greatly over the last decade, and while being diagnosed with a brain tumor is serious and scary, it isn’t automatically a death sentence like people often believe,” says Nicholas Marko, MD, associate professor of neurosurgery at the UC College of Medicine, director of the UC Brain Tumor Center and a UC Health neurosurgeon. “We’re excited to be launching this series to help educate patients, as well as their family, friends and supporters. This is a chance to come together and offer hope and support for the community.”

RSVP by Monday, Sept.10, 2018, at UCHealth.com/events/BTC2018. Other talks in this series will be announced later in the year and will be posted on the website.

For more information, contact Acacia Uible at 513-584-8642.

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