ABTA Sponsoring Brain Tumor Patient/Family/Caregiver Symposium Feb. 12 in Savannah, GA

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February 8, 2011 - Chicago, Illinois

Brain tumor patients, survivors, their families and caregivers are invited to a full day symposium, “Understanding Brain Tumors,” on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah, Ga. The free event, sponsored by the American Brain Tumor Association, will provide information on the unique and specific biological, psychological and social needs that brain tumor patients often experience. In addition to learning about the latest in brain tumor treatment, attendees will have the opportunity to network with others.

“We are pleased to be able to sponsor this outstanding program offered by the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion,” said American Brain Tumor Association Director of Patient Services Kerri Mink. “It’s important for individuals and their families, who are coping with the challenges of a brain tumor diagnosis, to know that they are not alone and that resources and support are available in their community.”

Mink will share opening remarks with Wanda Jones, R.N., Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion Oncology Outreach Coordinator. Attendees also will hear from experts who will speak on a variety of topics, everything from the anatomy of brain tumors to maintaining a healthy diet during treatment.

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.

The Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s Candler is located at 225 Candler Drive, 2nd Floor, Savannah, Ga. For more information about the meeting or to register, contact Wanda Jones, BS, HM, RN, OCN, Chronic Disease Program Manager at 912-964-4283 or jonesw@sjchs.org. More information on the meeting also is available at the ABTA Web site: http://www.abta.org.


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to funding brain tumor research. Today, ABTA 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.