ABTA-Sponsored Gibbs Cancer Center Brain Tumor Symposium to be Held in Spartanburg, S.C.

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January 19, 2011 - Chicago, Illinois

Brain tumor patients, their families and the health care professionals who care for them are invited to a full day symposium, “A Focus on Brain Tumors,” on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at the Spartanburg Regional Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg, S.C. The free event, sponsored by the American Brain Tumor Association, will provide information on trends in brain tumor research, environmental exposure issues, and the role of genetics in brain tumor development.

The meeting, which was initially scheduled for Jan. 25, 2011, was rescheduled due to local weather conditions.

“It is critical that brain tumor patients are able to seek treatment locally at state-of-the-art Community Cancer Care Centers like Gibbs,” said American Brain Tumor Association Executive Director Elizabeth Wilson. “We are pleased to be able to sponsor this outstanding program offered by the Gibbs Cancer Center to the Spartanburg community.” The American Brain Tumor Association launched its Brain Tumor Community Education Grant Program in 2010 to bridge the gap in resources and education available to National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Community Cancer Care Centers and their brain tumor patients. The grant program funds meetings specifically designed by the Community Cancer Center to address the unique needs of the brain tumor community it serves.

Advanced registration for “A Focus on Brain Tumors” is required. The Gibbs Cancer Center is located at 101 East Wood Street in Spartanburg. To register, contact Crystal Green at Gibbs Cancer Center at 864-560-6746. More information on the meeting is available at the ABTA Web site: http://www.abta.org/events/.

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Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to funding brain tumor research. Today, the association provides critical funding to researchers working toward breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care, and is the recognized resource for comprehensive information and compassionate support for brain tumor patients and their families. For more information on the American Brain Tumor Association, call toll free: 1-800-886-abta, write info@abta.org, or visit www.abta.org.