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New Institute Targets Brain Tumor Survival
Date:1/22/2009

maging techniques, neuro-navigation and brain mapping, makes brain tumor surgery much more precise than in years past. And, through minimally invasive endoscopic skull-based procedures, brain tumors can be accessed through the patient's nose, eliminating the need to split the face and skull.

With medical treatment, the neuro-oncology team provides an extensive list of cutting-edge chemotherapies offered through clinical trials. In addition, medical treatment is uniquely integrated with psychosocial therapy options like monthly support groups and a Brain Tumor resource center. The rapid growth of Northwestern's clinical neuro-oncology programs has lead to the natural evolution of growth within the sciences.

"Our academic medical center does not rely solely on clinical trials developed by outside pharmaceutical companies," commented Markus Bredel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Brain Tumor Institute's research program. "We also develop a number of our clinical trials in-house based on our own findings, our collective knowledge and medical expertise, which truly makes us unique."

One example of this is evident in a new initiative of the Brain Tumor Institute to collect and study all tumor specimens in order to better understand tumor biology. Also known as molecular profiling, by studying the biological progression of tumors and certain consistencies within tumors can be identified allowing researchers to target therapies and tailor treatment regimens that are extended to patients.

Chandler summates, "Our multidisciplinary approach encompasses research, neuro-oncology, neurosurgery and clinical programming in such a way that we hope to set forth new global standards for effectively managing the disease as well as a model of care with potential to improve outcomes and hopefully contribute to finding a cure."

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