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Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Brain Tumor Patient Education Center Opening

By Sharon Brock, UCSF Public Affairs | November 21, 2006

Neurosurgeon, Mitchel Berger, MD, and head of American Brain Tumor Association, Naomi Berkowitz, cut the ribbon to officially open the Brain Tumor Patient Education Center.

To complement the strong basic science and clinical research in brain tumors at UCSF, the Division of Neuro-Oncology has a priority to enhance the quality of survivorship for patients. To this end, the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery opened the "Brain Tumor Patient Education Center" on the 8th floor of the Ambulatory Care Center at the Parnassus campus, to improve access to resources and provide educational information for patients.

The Center offers a resource library with computers, as well as monthly educational lectures on current advancements in the overall care of the patient and their families. The topics of these lectures were solicited from patients and will range from nutrition, novel therapies as well as adverse effects of treatment. Last Thursday, UCSF neuro-oncologist Nicholas Butowski, MD, addressed new treatment options for patients with brain tumors. The next lecture will be held January 18th when the Center's lead clinician, Mitchel Berger, MD, will address new approaches to surgery for brain tumors.

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