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Date:11/8/2007

Expert Neurosurgeons and Neuro-oncologists to Speak at 6th Annual Brain

Tumor Awareness Day Convention

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Brain tumor patients, caregivers and loved ones will join some of the country's top neurology, research and neuro-oncology experts to share the latest in treatment, research and clinical trials; complementary therapies; and the impact of diagnosis on the whole family at the 6th Annual Brain Tumor Awareness Day Convention, Sunday, November 11th, 2007, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, in the Farkas Auditorium, NYU Medical Center, 530 First Avenue, in Manhattan.

Many brain tumor patients choose to spend their last months or weeks in the warmth of home and family instead of a medical institution. At this point, caregivers assume the crucial role of serving the day-to-day basic needs of a brain tumor patient -- and they must learn about the illness and how it will progress.

"As a caregiver, it's really important to have an emergency plan, coordinated with the patient's doctors and hospice care workers," explains Steve Zirnkilton, voice of NBC's Law & Order Franchise.

Mr. Zirnkilton's father died at home of a brain tumor in 2002.

"As hard as it was to watch him suffer, it was a gift to me and my siblings to have the ability to care for him until the end," says Steve. "We felt like we were giving back to him for all he'd done."

Brain Tumor Awareness Day (BTAD), sponsored by The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF), provides information and support to those coping with a brain tumor diagnosis, and to those caring for brain tumor patients. BTAD 2007 speakers and panelists will talk about how to be attuned to the needs and desires of a patient and the importance of being there in whatever capacity a patient might need.

Founded by Patrick J. Kelly, M.D. F.A.C.S., Joseph Ransohoff Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Medical Center, BTF guides and supports patients an
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