Hope amid dire brain tumor diagnosis

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July 23, 2015

Featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Hieu Tran Phan discusses the progress made and the limitations that remain in brain tumor research and treatment. Scientists expanding on research, biotech companies developing fluorescent dyes to create glowing tumor cells, and nonprofit fundraising for clinical trials and patient support groups are some of the examples given that have enhanced the understanding of brain tumors and built awareness around the challenges researchers are still facing. Crediting the American Brain Tumor Association for supporting her lab work with a $50,000 grant, Dr. Betty Kim of the Mayo Clinic spoke on the importance of research funding. “I wouldn’t be able to do anything without the financial support of the foundation, and then taxpayer-funded agencies today,” Kim said. “Public awareness is huge. It will get policymakers’ attention, and that will help patients and their families in the end.”

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