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Patient & Family Meetings

Patient and Family Meetings are free, half-day virtual meetings designed for brain tumor patients, caregivers and their loved ones to gain in-depth knowledge on a brain tumor topic.

These virtual meetings provide an educational experience that allow attendees to hear from experts in the field who will guide attendees through a series of discussions related to tumor type, treatment, research and care, while engaging attendees through Q&A. 

Estos eventos tendrán subtítulos en español disponibles. (These meetings will have subtitles available in Spanish.)

2024 Patient & Family Meetings

Jun 08 Saturday

Living with a Brain Tumor Patient & Family Meeting

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
What You'll Learn: Strategies to improve quality of life including symptom management The relationship between tumor location and treatment The emotional and psychological effects of a diagnosis incuding how to cope with "scanxiety" The impact of exercise on overall health and wellbeing *Program details are subject to change Program Chair: Luis Nicolas Gonzalez Castro, MD, PhD Physician, Instructor in Neurology Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School Dr. Luis Nicolas Gonzalez Castro is a neuro-oncologist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in neurology and neuro-oncology, and is committed to providing state-of-the-art, compassionate care to patients with primary brain tumors and brain metastases, as well as patients suffering from neurologic complications of cancer and its therapy. Dr. Castro's research efforts are aimed at understanding the genetic basis of cancer cell survival and resistance to treatment in primary brain tumors, with the goal of developing more effective therapies.
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June’s Patient Family Meeting Sponsors:

The entire program has been mind-blowing...in a good way! So much great information, so well done, by so many different articulate and heartful experts. It was truly wonderful!

Past Patient & Family Meetings

As a caregiver, you play a crucial role in providing physical and emotional support, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Join us for a powerful meeting where we’ll delve into the many facets of caregiving – from practical tips and resources to support your role, to coping with loss and finding compassion within yourself. This is your opportunity to learn invaluable strategies to help you navigate this challenging time.

Brain metastases, or secondary brain tumors, are the most common central nervous system tumors in the U.S. They begin from another location in the body and then spread to the brain. Attendees at this meeting will gain important knowledge around diagnosis, treatment and quality of life. In addition, attendees will learn how to navigate novel science and clinical trials and their care. 

Low-grade gliomas (LGG) are slow-growing primary brain tumors that mainly affect young to middle-aged adults. Join this meeting to learn about updated tumor classifications, emerging treatments, and tips for managing disease symptoms and day-to-day challenges living with LGG. 

The ABTA archives recordings of past Patient & Family Meetings and other educational programs on YouTube. Click below to learn more.