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Swedish in Seattle Unveils State-of-the-Art Brain Tumor Center Combining Advanced Treatment With Innovation in Research
Date:10/16/2008

By analyzing DNA from tumors extracted during surgery, Dr. Foltz and his team of scientists and researchers are able to determine which genes are stimulating tumor growth. From there, the team is able to provide custom-tailored treatment options to fight reoccurring tumor growth. To date, this kind of individualized patient care improves survivability and provides a greater quality of life.

"Essentially we are looking for clues that tell us how the tumor is growing and hopefully how we can mitigate future growth patterns," said Dr. Foltz. "CABTT is the only place in the country doing this kind of next-generation genomic sequencing for all its brain-cancer patients and it's incredibly rewarding to apply this technology to increase the longevity and quality of our patients' lives."

The Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment was largely established with gifts from the philanthropic community. To date, CABTT has received more than $3.5 million in private community support led by a $2 million gift from the David and Sandra Sabey family. For more information about the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment or new initiatives from Swedish Neuroscience Institute, visit http://www.swedish.org.

About the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment

Opened in 2008, the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (http://www.swedish.org/body.cfm?id=22&oTopID=22) gives brain-tumor patients and their families access to a unique multidisciplinary team of skilled neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiologists and a specialized nursing staff to deliver coordinated care and innovative treatments for both benign and malignant brain tumors. CABTT's unique design places its world-class research facility directly adjacent to the outpatient clinic, providing patients instant access to promising new therapies discovered through gene-sequenci
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